The news is out: [In a bombshell verdict, a couple in California have been awarded more than $2 billion in punitive damages in their civil case against Monsanto, after accusing the maker of Roundup weed killer of causing their cancer.
Alva Pilliod and wife Alberta of Livermore, both in their 70s, were diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2011 and 2015, respectively. The couple, married for close to 50 years, claimed that they’d sprayed Roundup on their various properties for decades.
The Oakland jury, which awarded each spouse $1 billion in punitive damages in addition to other damages, found that the active ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate, had likely caused the couple’s cancer.
This is the third verdict against Monsanto in Roundup cases and the biggest so far. The company is facing thousands of lawsuits.
Monsanto was acquired by the pharmaceutical giant Bayer for $63 billion last year. The company is appealing the two previous verdicts in Roundup cases, and it said it would appeal this verdict as well.
Bayer released a statement on its Twitter page after the jury’s verdict in California and has repeatedly said that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, is safe.]
When criminal corporations want to sell their deadly products, they use the term “proprietary rights” which means they can suppress any negative research done on the products to keep the truth from reaching the consumer. Then lobbyists are employed to bribe crooked legislators and conduct activities aimed at influencing or swaying public officials and especially members of a legislative body on legislation to protect the deadly products. Or the legislators may enact laws to cap the amount a victim can sue for. It’s a well-oiled racket.
Do I need to remind everyone that, years ago, I sent out a warning about Roundup and all other pesticides? We are a nation of idiots, terrified by one little insect or one small dandelion… Not in our house or backyard.

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