This Monday, May 13, a new US jury found Roundup guilty of causing cancer and Monsanto guilty of maliciously hiding information about the dangerousness of its glyphosate-based herbicide.
In Oakland, California, a 7-man and 5-woman jury in Pilliods v. Monsanto (Case No. RG17862702, JCCP No. 4953) reached a verdict condemning the company acquired by Bayer to pay more than $ 2 billion to make Alva and Alberta Pilliods sick. After approximately 7 weeks of court proceedings, the jury found that exposure to Roundup caused the Piolliods to develop their disease without Monsanto failing to warn of this serious health hazard. The jury also found that Monsanto acted with "malice, oppression or fraud."
Alva and Alberta Pilliod, a couple from Livermore, California, used Monsanto's Roundup herbicide for more than 30 years to weed their property. Both were diagnosed with the same type of NHL, diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), associated with Roundup exposure. In 2011, Alva was diagnosed with systemic NHL in many of her bones, which spread to her pelvis and spine. Alberta was diagnosed with NHL brain cancer in 2015. “If I had known it was dangerous I would not have used it but they told me it was safe,” Alberta said.
The verdict is the third in a row against Monsanto (now owned by Bayer). Combined with the first two legal defeats (the Johnson v. Monsanto verdict of $ 289.2M and the Hardeman v. Monsanto verdict of $ 80M), the verdicts against Monsanto in the Roundup cancer litigation stand at $ 2.424 billion with 13,400 cases still pending in state courts and federal courts. Johnson's verdict was later lowered to $ 78.5 million, but his final sentence is on appeal.
In their Roundup cancer lawsuit, the couple attributed their cancer diagnoses to exposure to Roundup and its active ingredient, glyphosate, and accused Monsanto of fraudulently representing that Roundup is safe despite scientific evidence linking exposure to Roundup. NHL. The jury has just agreed with them.
Full verdicts in Spanish (Courtesy of @iebtranslationservices)
Alba Pilliods: Verdict of Alba Pilliods
Alberta Pilliods: Verdict-Alberta-Pilliods
At the conference following the jury's decision, one of the couple's attorneys, Brent Wisner of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, said that three full jurors, in three different trials, concluded that Monsanto acted maliciously and he concealed the dangerousness of his product. “There are people dying and getting sick without knowing it is from Roundup. Monsanto has to take responsibility for its products. This new sentence is not the end, it is the beginning of that process ”, he assured. In addition, Binder assured that if Bayer continues without taking note of the clear message condemning corporate fraud, they will have to dismantle the entire company, verdict by verdict.
During the trial again, the Monsanto papers were presented as fundamental evidence. They demonstrate the manipulation of the scientific literature by the agrochemical giant, including several review articles on glyphosate published in scientific journals and cited in regulatory reviews from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The jury was also able to access documents showing Monsanto's efforts to influence the EPA and other regulatory agencies, as well as evidence that Monsanto conducted a public relations campaign to plant favorable stories in Reuters and other media outlets to defend its products. and discredit the scientists who determined that glyphosate was linked to cancer.
During closing arguments, Wisner told the jury that Roundup "was born from the very beginning of fraud" in reference to the pesticide receiving EPA approval in 1974, according to studies conducted at Industrial Bio-Test Laboratories (IBT). A subsequent EPA review of the data found that IBT routinely falsified the data. Three IBT executives were later convicted of fraud. According to Wisner, from that point on, Monsanto repeatedly refused to conduct studies on glyphosate and Roundup, even after the EPA and the toxicologist himself told Monsanto that it had to conduct further studies to address safety concerns.
Since acquiring Monsanto, Bayer has lost more than $ 30 billion in the value of its shares. Yet Monsanto continues to refuse to warn consumers about the dangers of its Roundup product despite the fact that the world's leading cancer authority, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), has listed glyphosate as a probable carcinogen since 2015, and despite the fact that the juries continue to give reason to the sick.
By Anabel Pomar for www.monsantopapers.lavaca.org