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A California Jury Found Roundup Caused One Man’s Cancer in a ‘Bellwether’ Case

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Bayer, which bought Monsanto last year, maintains that its top-selling weed-killer, Roundup, does not cause cancer.

On Tuesday, a federal jury found that Monsanto’s popular weed-killer, Roundup, contributed to one man’s cancer. In the second such verdict, the San Francisco jury decided the herbicide was a “substantial factor” in causing Edwin Hardeman’s non-Hodgkins lymphoma. The 70-year-old Sonoma County resident used the weed-killer on his property for 26 years, the New York Times reports

This marks a big setback for Bayer, which bought Monsanto last year and maintains that its product does not cause cancer. “It’s a very important key ruling for this case,” which Jean Eggen, a law professor at Widener University, calls a “bellwether” for the hundreds more to come in this multi-district litigation. Eggen specializes in personal injury lawsuits concerning exposure to chemicals or dangerous substances. “But also it may indicate some things about what’s come to in the subsequent litigation,” she adds.

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