First federal glyphosate-cancer trial slated for February 2019

| | November 21, 2018

A U.S. judge overseeing the federal litigation against Bayer AG’s Monsanto unit over glyphosate-based weed-killers allegedly causing cancer on [November 20] selected the first case to be tried in federal court in February 2019.

U.S. District Judge Vince Chaabria in San Francisco in an order said the case of California resident Edwin Hardeman will be the first out of more than 620 cases pending in the federal litigation to go to a jury.

Hardeman’s case will mark the second trial in the U.S. litigation over glyphosate, after a California state court jury in August awarded $289 million to a school groundskeeper, finding Monsanto liable for the man’s cancer.

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Hardeman’s case was picked as a so-called bellwether, or test trial, frequently used in U.S. product liability mass litigation to help both sides gauge the range of damages and define settlement options.

Hardeman began using the Roundup brand herbicide with glyphosate in the 1980s to control poison oak and weeds on his property and sprayed “large volumes” of the chemical for many years on a regular basis, according to court documents. He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph system, in February 2015 and filed his lawsuit a year later.

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2 thoughts on “First federal glyphosate-cancer trial slated for February 2019”

  1. I don’t understand how this even got to court. Over 30 years of heavy use? If round up is so toxic why didn’t he get cancer 29 years ago? If it took 30 years how can he say it’s the cause when some people get cancer naturally at every age?

    • it could be for the same reason that most people don’t get cancer after smoking just 5 cigarettes, but if they do it over time, then they do – because of the cigarette and not other natural causes. Some poisons act over time

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