Winner Wednesday

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A U.S. jury on Tuesday found Bayer AG’s glyphosate-based Roundup weed killer caused cancer, a blow to the company eight months after another jury issued a $289 million verdict over similar claims in a different case.

Tuesday’s unanimous jury decision in San Francisco federal court, which came after five days of deliberation, was not a finding of Bayer’s liability for the cancer of plaintiff Edwin Hardeman. Liability and damages will be decided by the same jury in a second trial phase beginning on Wednesday.

Bayer, which denies allegations that glyphosate or Roundup cause cancer, in a statement on Tuesday said it was disappointed with the jury’s initial decision. Bayer acquired Monsanto, the longtime maker of Roundup, for $63 billion last year.

“We are confident the evidence in phase two will show that Monsanto’s conduct has been appropriate and the company should not be liable for Mr. Hardeman’s cancer,” the company said.

Glyphosate is the world’s most widely used weed killer. Monsanto’s Roundup was the first glyphosate-based weed killer but is no longer patent-protected and many other versions are now available. Bayer does not provide sales figures for the product.

The case was only the second of some 11,200 Roundup lawsuits to go to trial in the United States. Another California man was awarded $289 million in August after a state court jury found Roundup caused his cancer, sending Bayer shares plunging at the time. That award was later reduced to $78 million and is on appeal.

Bayer had claimed that jury was overly influenced by plaintiffs’ lawyers allegations of corporate misconduct and did not focus on the science.

Jim Christie, Tina Bellon
@ REUTERS

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9 Responses to Winner Wednesday

  1. David B. Benson says:

    😐

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  2. David B. Benson says:

    Noon.
    Spring equinox.

    Large full moon tonight.

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  3. Carol says:

    This particular moon has been shining thru the west bedroom window on me when I hit the hay at night. Fell asleep under moonlight. Not last night though, moon keeps moving, and I suspect it won’t be near that window tonight either.

    Drizzling out. Saw another robin on the lawn, there probably are a lot more but I’m not always looking out a window.

    Taking my eyes to the doctor Friday, this time for glasses. The time has come although it seems I can see fine when driving. Close sucks, but I have drugstore glasses for close all over the house, and in my purse.

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  4. Carol says:

    Did my post, post? They’ve been showing as soon as I post, but not this time. I hope it’s there. I’ll leave and come back later to see if it’s here.

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  5. David B. Benson says:

    Another 13 minute stick walk to the north door of the Hillside Cafe.

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  6. Den says:

    Full Moon visible between layers of clouds.

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  7. Den says:

    Another Full Moon:

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