2 Billion Dollar Judgment Against Monsanto’s Roundup

On May 13, 2019, a California jury awarded plaintiffs Alva and Alberta Pilliod a verdict of $55 million in non-economic and economic damages in addition to $1 billion each in punitive damages against Monsanto.  Monsanto unsuccessfully attempted to refute the plaintiffs’ toxicology expert who testified that Monsanto made glyphosate – the active ingredient in Roundup – fifty times more toxic by including polyethoxylated tallow amine in tis formula.  Expert testimony stated that this ingredient facilitates the ability of glyphosate to penetrate the skin leading to quick dispersion to the bones, where lymphoma originates…….

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5 thoughts on “2 Billion Dollar Judgment Against Monsanto’s Roundup

  1. Christine Goodnough

    An article like this leaves me with very mixed feelings. Yes, when untested or unsafe chemicals are put on the market, the company should be held responsible. And I’m totally on board that Big Business suppresses data about harmful side effects that show up in their tests.
    I realize that if this case brings on a “flood” of others, there will be so many repercussions. Roundup is a useful chemical. Banning it will affect farmers here on the prairies, where “Roundup-ready canola” is seeded. Mind you, people have feared long term effects.
    I also believe users of any chemical need to take responsibility for their own actions — a mindset that has been lost in the last half century. Smokers get cancer and sue the tobacco companies, when it was the user who chose to smoke for decades. I hate tobacco because it killed my dad—and now my sister’s had a bout with lung cancer. However, she says, “I’m not surprised. I’ve smoked for years.”

    Some responsibility is due to the chemical itself, some due to the way it’s used, or how it’s applied, what precautions are taken. If users have taken all precautions and still suffer side effects, then the blame is largely on the chemical.
    Nevertheless, a $55 million going to a couple in their seventies, for a treatable cancer? Initially lawsuits were meant to compensate for lost income and this couple could never earn that much between them in the years they have left. But this is the US, where the lawyer gets 33%.

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  2. pvcann

    Hopefully this will be the beginning of the end for the big chemical companies who have not cared and have made zillions, and an appeal not-withstanding, I hiope the principal judgement sticks. This also has the backing of the W.H.O. and the International Court. I loved their lawyers response – “We’re coming after you” refering to Bayer. There is some hope now with three major cases won against the company that the world might follow. My wife’s cousin’s husband died of several non-treatable cancers relating to farm chemical useage. I note that in three continents weed control is failing as “weeds” build resistance. This might also right some of the imbalance in the developing nations where Monsanto controlled farms and farmers through product and loan control. It might also end theri agressive and selfish intervention into properties where their “product” was deemed to be windblown and therfore gave them a right to enter any land where windblown seeds germinated – a staggering arrogance. for me this is a judgement of hope even though it is a large amount.

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