Monsanto hit with $2 billion verdict in Roundup cancer lawsuit trial
San Francisco Chronicle
A jury in Oakland found Monday that Monsanto Co.’s widely used Roundup weed-killer caused a husband and wife in their 70s to come down with cancer and awarded them more than $2 billion in damages — the third such verdict in the nation, all in the Bay Area.
Alva Pilliod, 76, of Livermore, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2011, and his wife, Alberta Pilliod, 74, was diagnosed in 2015. They had sprayed Roundup on their property for about 30 years. Doctors say both their cancers are in remission but could recur.
After less than two days of deliberations, an Alameda County Superior Court jury awarded each of them $1 billion in punitive damages against Monsanto, with additional damages for pain and suffering.
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