San Francisco, California (ABC) — A federal jury in San Francisco says Roundup weed killer was a major factor in a man’s cancer. It’s the second time a California jury has returned that verdict in two separate cases.
The verdict was unanimous. The second jury found that Roundup caused non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Attorneys say it could impact hundreds of similar lawsuits against Roundup’s manufacturer Monsanto, now owned by Bayer.
The latest verdict involves the case of 70-year-old Edwin Hardeman from Sonoma, California. The trial now heads to the damages phase.
As a result of recent cases, Los Angeles County is ordering all of its departments to stop using the popular weed killer. There’s been no word on how this will eventually affect the sale of Roundup and Roundup-Ready crops in the Midwest.
Meanwhile, Monsanto/Bayer has appealed the verdict in the first case — the case of DeWayne “Lee” Johnson versus the chemical company. That verdict was rendered in August, 2018.