USA: Monsanto faces thousands of lawsuits by cancer patients over alleged harmful effects of herbicide

Author: Sam levin, Guardian (UK) & Carey Gillam, US Right to Know, on Guardian (UK), Published on: 9 October 2018

''The world is against them': new era of cancer lawsuits threaten Monsanto', 8 Oct 2018

In an historic verdict in August, a jury ruled that Monsanto had caused a man’s terminal cancer and ordered the agrochemical corporation to pay $289m in damages. The extraordinary decision, exposing the potential hazards of the world’s most widely used herbicide, has paved the way for thousands of other cancer patients and families to seek justice and compensation in court...

Monsanto has filed an appeal, and a hearing is scheduled for Wednesday...

Roughly 8,700 plaintiffs have made similar cases in state courts across the country, alleging that exposure to glyphosate-based herbicides led to various types of cancer. The impact could be huge if Monsanto continues to fight and lose in jury trials, and an accumulation of wins could force the company to consider settling with plaintiffs...

A Bayer spokesman, Utz Klages, said in an email that the number of cases filed was “not indicative of the merits of the litigation”. He called glyphosate a “breakthrough for modern agriculture” and “cost-effective tool that can be used safely to control a wide range of weeds”.

Regulatory reviews and scientific studies have demonstrated that glyphosate is safe and not a cause of NHL [non-Hodgkin lymphoma], he said...

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Related companies: Bayer Monsanto