Authored By: Candace Whitman
According to CBS News, $2 billion in punitive damages has been awarded to Seventy-six-year-old Alva and 74-year-old Alberta Pilliod who said that Bayer’s Roundup weed killer caused their non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. They will also receive $55 million for pain and suffering and to cover their medical expenses.
This is the third and largest lawsuit that Monsanto has lost in California. Bayer stated they plan to appeal the verdict. They claim that the couple had a history of other illnesses that would have put them at risk for developing the cancer.
The jury believes that the couples use of the product for 30 years for residential landscaping played a "substantial factor" in their cancer diagnosis. CBS News reports that Alva was diagnosed with the cancer in 2011 and his wife was diagnosed four year later. They are both currently in remission.
To read more about this case, click here to read the article by CBS News.