Edwin Hardeman was one of the first plaintiffs to sue Monsanto, accusing the herbicide Roundup he used of causing cancer.
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American justice confirmed Friday, May 14 the conviction of Monsanto, bought by the German group Bayer, in the lawsuit brought by a retiree sick with cancer that he attributes to the use of the weedkiller Roundup. The San Francisco Court of Appeal refused to return to the Edwin Hardeman case, as requested by Bayer, upholding the group’s condemnation to pay $ 25 million in damages to the retiree.
Edwin Hardeman, who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2015, attributes his illness to the regular use of the glyphosate weedkiller. He was one of the first plaintiffs to sue Monsanto, accusing the herbicide he had used on his large property for 25 years of causing cancer, and the Monsanto group of deceiving users by claiming that the glyphosate product was harmless.
The judges “upheld the district court ruling in favor of Edwin Hardeman in his action alleging Monsanto’s pesticide Roundup caused his lymphoma”, says the judgment which recalls that “since 2015 thousands of cancer victims have sued Monsanto in state and federal courts”. The group said to itself “disappointed” by judgment and affirms to continue to “pursue all legal options, including taking the case to the Supreme Court.”