Monsanto To Pay $2 Billion For Weed Killer Cancer Trial

On Monday a jury ordered The Monsanto Company to pay more than $2 billion to a married couple who claims the company's weed killer, Roundup Ready, gave both of them cancer.

This marks the third time Monsanto has lost a similar court case in California since August but it's very likely a judge or appellate court will reduce the punitive damage award.

A state court in Oakland determined Alva and Alberta Pilliod got non-Hodgkin's lymphoma from exposure to the weed killer.

A jury determined they should both receive $1billion and an additonal $55 million for compensatory damages.

There are an estimated 13,000 similar lawsuits pending against German chemical company Bayer AG, the company who owns Monsanto.

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has previously determined the weed killer is safe and glyphosate, the active ingredient found in the weed killer, posed "no risks of concern".

An employee adjusts Roundup products on a shelf at a store in San Rafael, California, on July, 9, 2018. - A lawyer for a California groundskeeper dying of cancer took aim at Monsanto on July 9, 2019 as a jury began hearing the lawsuit accusing the chemical giant of ignoring health risks of its top-selling weed killer Roundup. (Photo by JOSH EDELSON / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)

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