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Jury Finds Roundup Caused Farmer's Cancer, Thousands of Claims Against Monsanto Now Await

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On Tuesday March 19, 2019, a federal jury in California found the world’s most popular weedkiller, Roundup®, was a substantial factor in causing a farmer’s cancer.

The verdict is the first from a federal court in the Roundup litigation, the second in the nation. In August 2018, the first trial over Roundup cancer resulted in California jurors awarding a former school groundskeeper $289 million in compensatory and punitive damages, later reduced to a total $78 million judgment. Both cases set the stage for thousands of similar claims currently pending in state and federal courts.

Tuesday’s verdict was issued in San Francisco, where Roundup claims have been consolidated. While the jury unanimously held Roundup caused blood cancer in a 70-year-old California farmer who used the herbicide on his nearly 60-acre farm, a second phase of the case – which begins Wednesday March 20, 2019 – will focus on whether Monsanto is liable.

Domina, who filed the Nebraska part of the Roundup battle, is pleased with the result, the efforts of the lawyers in California, and the role our firm played in the effort. Domina Law Group filed the first Roundup case in the nation on behalf of Midwestern farmers, as well as several of the country’s first Roundup lawsuits alleging a link between herbicide’s Glyphosate chemical and Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL), a type of blood cancer.

You can learn more about the California Roundup verdict, and comments from Firm Founding Lawyer Dave Domina, on this press release.

UPDATE: On Monday, May 13, 2019, Monsanto was handed its third major loss in California since August when an Oakland jury awarded more than $2 billion in damages to a husband and wife who claimed the Roundup weed killer they used for over 30 years on their properties caused their non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The verdict included $55 million in compensatory damages, and $1 billion in punitive damages for each spouse.

The verdict, one of the first of what’s estimated to be over 13,000 pending lawsuits, highlights how juries are viewing the case against Monsanto, which is now owned by Bayer. The company has been accused of concealing risks related to its products by manipulating research, colluding with regulators, and intimidating experts and scientists.

An article from the Lincoln Journal Star recaps the latest verdict and pending Roundup litigation filed by Domina Law Group.

Domina Law Group: Fighting for Roundup Cancer Victims Across Nebraska & Beyond

Domina Law Group has been actively fighting on behalf of victims diagnosed with cancer after using Roundup, which has been declared a probable carcinogen to humans by the World Health Organization. The battle, though aggressively contested by one of the world’s most powerful corporations, is one to which our firm is inexorably committed.

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