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For Ailing Couple, a $1.9B Disappointment Over Roundup

Judge cuts award due to Alva and Alberta Pilliod from Bayer from $2B to $86.7M

(Newser) - If $2 billion-plus seems like an astonishing amount to award in a lawsuit involving Roundup weed killer, a California judge just agreed. In May, a jury awarded $1 billion each in punitive damages to Alva and Alberta Pilliod, a husband and wife in their 70s who say they used the... More »

Judge May Have Just Saved Monsanto $55M

Bayer still plans to appeal March verdict over Roundup's alleged link to cancer

(Newser) - Jurors awarded too much money to a man who claims Roundup weed killer gave him cancer, according to a federal judge. Judge Vince Chhabria on Monday reduced damages to be paid to Edwin Hardeman by Monsanto owner Bayer from $80 million to $25 million. Chhabria said $20 million in punitive... More »

Couple With Cancer Awarded $2B in Roundup Lawsuit

Bayer faces shareholder revolt

(Newser) - Bayer lost its third Roundup lawsuit in a row Monday, with the jury awarding a couple an amount that dwarfs the verdicts in the previous two. The California jury awarded Alva and Alberta Pilliod, a couple in their 70s who blame the herbicide for their non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, $1 billion... More »

Man Who Blames Roundup for His Cancer Awarded $80M

Edwin Hardeman has non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

(Newser) - Bayer inherited thousands of lawsuits when it bought Monsanto —and after the latest lawsuit involving the latter company's Roundup weed killer, the German pharma giant may be experiencing buyer's remorse. A jury in San Francisco federal court Wednesday ordered Bayer to pay $80 million to a man... More »

'40 Years of Corporate Malfeasance': a 2nd Ruling on Roundup

Jury finds weed killer caused Edwin Hardeman's cancer; next phase is whether Bayer AG is liable

(Newser) - Only two cases out of more than 11,000 Roundup suits have gone to trial in the US, and as of Tuesday, they both had the same result: A jury found that the glyphosate-filled weed killer causes cancer. Reuters notes that's only phase one, however, in Edwin Hardeman's... More »

Calif. Man OK With Getting $211M Less From Monsanto

Dewayne Johnson could have demanded a new trial

(Newser) - A Northern California groundskeeper said Wednesday that he'll accept a judge's reduced verdict of $78 million against Monsanto after a jury found the company's weed killer caused his cancer. Dewayne Johnson's attorney formally informed the San Francisco Superior Court that he wouldn't contest the judge'... More »

Ex-Groundskeeper Wins $289M From Monsanto: Case 'Bigger Than Me'

Dewayne Johnson wins suit against company in San Francisco

(Newser) - A San Francisco jury on Friday ordered agribusiness giant Monsanto to pay $289 million to an ex-school groundskeeper dying of cancer, saying the company's Roundup weed killer contributed to his disease. Dewayne Johnson's suit was the first of thousands of cases filed in state and federal courts alleging... More »

Judge Delivers Bad News to Makers of Roundup

Hundreds of lawsuits alleging a link to cancer move forward

(Newser) - A federal judge ruled Tuesday that hundreds of lawsuits by people attributing their cancer to the weed-killer Roundup can proceed to trial, reports Reuters . Despite referring to expert opinions that active ingredient glyphosate causes cancer as "shaky," US District Judge Vince Chhabria concluded that a jury might find... More »

Dying Man Gets His Day in Court Against Monsanto

He blames Roundup for his cancer

(Newser) - DeWayne Johnson is going to die—but first, he will see the company he blames for his cancer in court. Johnson, a 46-year-old father of three, is the first of hundreds of cancer patients suing Monsanto to have his case go to trial, the International Business Times reports. The California... More »

Unexpected Ben & Jerry's Ingredient: Herbicide

Traces of glyphosate found in ice cream samples

(Newser) - Ben & Jerry's: non-GMO , fair trade , made with " caring dairy " and cage-free eggs , concerned with the environment ... and containing herbicide? The popular ice cream brand is under fire after the Organic Consumers Association released Tuesday a list of food brands found to contain traces of glyphosate, the... More »

California Has Bad News for Signature Monsanto Product

Glyphosate, active ingredient in Roundup, to be added to state's carcinogens list

(Newser) - California's latest environmental and health crackdown has Monsanto in its crosshairs: Reuters reports that as of July 7, glyphosate , the herbicide serving as the main ingredient in the agrochemical company's Roundup weed killer, will take a spot on the Golden State's list of cancer-causing chemicals, per the... More »

Monsanto Under Fire Over Alleged Risks of Roundup

But company also got some good news out of Europe

(Newser) - Monsanto has had a big—and mostly bad—week, with lots of headlines revolving around something called glyphosate, the key ingredient in its popular herbicide Roundup. Here's what's happening:
  • On Friday, Monsanto lost a court fight to prevent California from labeling glyphosate a carcinogen, reports the Fresno Bee
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Judge Rules Against Monsanto in Cancer Lawsuit

Former coffee farmer suing over Roundup herbicide

(Newser) - A former coffee farmer who says Monsanto's widely used Roundup herbicide caused her cancer scored a win last week when a federal judge rejected the company's request to dismiss the case. Christine Sheppard was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2003, seven years after she started using Roundup... More »

Cancer-Stricken Farmers Sue Monsanto Over Roundup

They allege company is hiding herbicide's dangers

(Newser) - Three cancer-stricken Nebraska farmers and an agronomist are suing Monsanto, alleging that the company misled consumers about the safety of Roundup, the most widely used herbicide around the globe. The World Health Organization labeled glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, as a likely carcinogen last year. The four Nebraskans suing... More »

Lobbyist Insists Chemical Is Safe to Drink, Won't Drink It

French cable channel puts rep in the hot seat

(Newser) - A French TV channel is drawing attention for its grilling of a lobbyist defending Monsanto. In the interview with Canal+, Dr. Patrick Moore repeatedly insists that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the popular herbicide Roundup, is safe to drink. And then he repeatedly refuses to drink it, notes Raw Story... More »

Right Reacts, as Trump Calls for Revolution

Trump is not happy, others see hope for the future of the GOP

(Newser) - Reaction to President Obama's re-election is rolling in from the right: Some disappointment, some regret, an eye toward the future ... and then there's Donald Trump. A look around the red landscape on this morning after Election 2012:
  • Trump is really upset with last night's results, reports E!
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iPad Mini Is a Huge Hit

Reviewers love the pretty, tiny 4th-generation iPad

(Newser) - Reviews of Apple's recently announced iPad Mini are hitting the streets, and critics are almost universally swooning over the baby iPad. Here's a look at what they're saying:
  • Like pretty much everyone else, David Pogue, writing for the New York Times , loves the size. Not quite small
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Superweeds Start Herbicide Arms Race on Farms

Roundup's strangehold falters in face of new threats

(Newser) - New breeds of “superweeds” are creeping across the Farm Belt, and shaking up the weedkiller and seed industries in the process. The long-dominant Roundup can't deal with immune invaders like pigweed, horseweed, and Johnsgrass, which has given rival chemical companies a chance to bring back old herbicides that Roundup... More »

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