n phase two of the Edwin Hardeman trial, a jury found Monsanto liable for the role Roundup weedkiller played in Mr. Hardeman’s cancer. The six-member jury awarded over 80 million dollars to Mr. Hardeman. $75 million in punitive damages and about $5 million was also awarded for past and future suffering, as well as more than $200,000 for medical bills. The jury unanimously decided that Monsanto should be held liable for the man’s illness because it failed to include a label on its product warning of the weedkiller’s risk of causing cancer.
The verdict, delivered in United States District Court in San Francisco, is a milestone in the continuing public debate over the health effects of Roundup and its active ingredient, glyphosate, the world’s most widely used weedkiller. Monsanto is currently defending itself against 11,200 other of similar claims.
Jeffrey went live to break the news here.
We also have three clips of the press conference just following the verdict.