The glyphosate-containing herbicide Roundup, the US manufacturer, Monsanto, has contributed to the cancer of a claimant in the United States. The applicant was able to demonstrate that glyphosate was a “key factor” for his cancer, was on Tuesday, the Jury in a U.S. Federal court in San Francisco.
The 70-year-old Edwin Hardeman from California had used for 25 years, the herbicide on his property.
For the German Bayer group belonging to the US company Monsanto is the second legal defeat in a single year. In another process in August, a Jury in San Francisco, Monsanto was condemned to the payment of compensation to the former School caretaker Dewayne Johnson. Bayer has gone against the judgment in the case Johnson in the appeal.
Johnson and Hardeman suffer from Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph tissue. Both of the applicants have used Roundup for many years. The Jury, on the case of Johnson had awarded the plaintiff damages of $ 289 million (255 million euros). A judge found the sum but later to be excessive and reduced to 78.5 million dollars. With the substance of the judgment, the judge did not consider but.
At the request of Bayer, the process was divided into two phases. In the first Phase, it was a question of whether or not Roundup has actually caused the disease hard Mans. In the second Phase, which will begin on Wednesday, to be negotiated about whether Monsanto knew of the risks, she was hiding and, if so, whether the company can be made to the cancer by the plaintiff, is responsible.
Bayer showed "enttäuscht"
Hardeman and his lawyers hugged after the Jury had announced their decision. "We are very zufrieden", the lawyer, Jennifer Moore said.
Bayer showed "enttäuscht". The company was "still firmly convinced that the present scientific evidence confirms that glyphosate-based herbicides verursachen" no cancer;, the company said. At the same time, Bayer " was;zuversichtlich", that the evidence in the second Phase of the process "show that Monsanto’s behavior was appropriate, and the company sollte" not be used for the cancer of Mr. Hardeman held liable;.
More than 9300 complaints of cancer patients received
The US-based company, which sells Roundup for more than 40 years all over the world, leads to the field, the medium is when used properly. Hardeman, however, is of the view that the company had concealed the from your herbicide health risks.
A total of more than 9300 complaints of cancer patients against Monsanto in U.S. courts are discussed. In the research the question of whether the Roundup contained chemical glyphosate, a carcinogenic effect is, however, controversial.
"Likely to be carcinogenic in Menschen"
The U.S. environmental protection Agency, EPA, and the Supervisory authorities in the EU and Germany came to the conclusion that glyphosate is not a cancer risk. By contrast, the world health organization, WHO, hearing stated, the International Agency for research on cancer (IARC) three years ago that glyphosate "likely to be carcinogenic in Menschen" .