Monsanto must pay California man $80M in case tying weed killer to cancer

A 70-year-old California man was awarded $ 80 million in damages over his claim that a weed killer caused his cancer.

A six-person jury in San Francisco returned the amount for Edwin Hardeman on Wednesday. The same jury previously found that Roundup-brand weed killer was a substantial factor in his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

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Agribusiness giant Monsanto is facing thousands of similar lawsuits nationwide. Monsanto said studies have established that the active ingredient in its widely used weed killer is safe.

A different jury in August awarded another man $ 289 million.

DeWayne Johnson, a groundskeeper at a San Francisco Bay Area school district, sprayed large quantities of the product, sold under the brand name Roundup, from a 50-gallon tank attached to a truck during gusty winds. He said the product would often cover his face, and one time, when a hose broke, his whole body was covered.

A judge later slashed the award to $ 78 million, and Monsanto has appealed.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Frank Miles is a reporter and editor covering geopolitics, military, crime, technology and sports for FoxNews.com. His email is Frank.Miles@foxnews.com.

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