Roundup lawsuit: Plaintiff takes the stand against Monsanto in first federal glyphosate-cancer trial

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Edwin Hardeman, the first person to challenge Monsanto’s Roundup in a federal trial, testified [March 5] that he sprayed the herbicide for nearly three decades and got it on his skin before he was diagnosed with cancer.

The 70-year-old Santa Rosa man has alleged that his exposure to Roundup, starting in 1986, when he began applying it to control weeds and poison oak on his properties, caused him to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL)….

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Plaintiff Edwin Hardeman, right, with his wife Mary. Image Credit: Jeff Chiu/AP

Hardeman’s high-stakes case is considered a “bellwether” trial for hundreds of other plaintiffs in the US with similar claims, which means the jury verdict could affect future litigation and possible settlements….Hardeman said he stopped using Roundup in 2012. On Christmas Day of 2015, he discovered a swollen lymph node on his neck and the following year was officially diagnosed with NHL.

Related article:  Are Roundup-cancer lawsuits about profit, politics or public health?

US district judge Vince Chhabria ruled prior to the start of trial that the plaintiffs were barred from discussing Monsanto’s influence on government regulators and cancer research, restricting the arguments to scientific study and questions about whether Roundup caused Hardeman’s NHL….Hardeman’s lawyers have said these limitations are significantly hurting their case.

Read full, original article: Edwin Hardeman says the weed killer Roundup caused him to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma in this first federal trial

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