The BL News-Jury to decide if weed killer caused a man’s cancer


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The BL News—Jury to decide if weed killer caused a man’s cancer

A jury in federal court in San Francisco will decide whether Roundup weed killer caused a California man's cancer in a trial starting Monday that plaintiffs' attorneys say could help determine the fate of hundreds of similar lawsuits.

Edwin Hardeman, 70 is the second plaintiff to go to trial of thousands around the country who claim agribusiness giant Monsanto's weed killer causes cancer.

Monsanto says studies have established that the active ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate, is safe.

A San Francisco jury in August awarded another man $289 million after determining Roundup caused his non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
A judge later slashed the award to $78 million, and Monsanto has appealed.

Thousands of other Roundup lawsuits are pending in state courts around the country.

A federal judge overseeing hundreds of Roundup lawsuits has deemed Hardeman's case and two others "bellwether trials."

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