Next Bayer, Roundup Trial Scheduled for March

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Oakland, CA—The next trial regarding Bayer/Monsanto’s Roundup has been scheduled for March, according to Reuters.

Superior Court Judge Ioana Petrou granted an expedited trial to Alva and Alberta Pilliod, who were diagnosed with non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in 2011 and 2015, respectively. They claim their cancers were caused by their regular use of Roundup between 1975 and 2011. Their lawyer requested the expedited trial due to the couple’s risk of relapse and short life expectancy.

Bayer said in a statement that “While we have great sympathy for the plaintiffs, we are confident that our glyphosate-based herbicides were not the cause of their injuries and we will vigorously defend them at trial.”

This will be the second California jury trial over glyphosate. In the first, the jury found Monsanto liable for causing groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson’s non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and ordered Bayer to pay $289 million in damages, although it was later reduced to $78 million.

A trial in San Francisco federal court is scheduled to begin at the end of February. They will face jurors in a Missouri state court in late 2019.

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