Another loss for Monsanto, local lawyer planning to file lawsuits

PADUCAH — Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer caused cancer — that’s the verdict from a California jury on Monday, and now the parent company’s stock is plummeting.

Roundup contains the herbicide glyphosate. Bayer, the parent company of Monsanto, is insisting that glyphosate is safe, despite the verdict from the latest jury that ruled against the company. So far, they’ve lost three lawsuits regarding Roundup.

In the most recent case, a jury ruled Monsanto must pay a husband and wife $2 billion in punitive damages and $55 million in compensatory damages. The company says it will appeal the $2 billion.

“We’ve been fighting cancer for nine years now,” says Alberta Pilliod. “Al longer than me. It was caused by Roundup. It’s changed our lives forever.”

Alva and Alberta Pilliod say they used the weedkiller Roundup for 30 years on their property. They were each diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma four years apart. They are the couple who won the most recent suit against Monsanto.

Meanwhile, thousands of other cases are being filed across the country claiming Roundup caused cancer — including local cases.

The attorney for the Pilliods is Michael Miller, who is friends with local attorney Mark Bryant. Bryant is also filing lawsuits against Monsanto. He says he’s already filed suits in St. Louis and plans to file some in California.

“These trials are huge deals. It goes to show once again that corporations can’t get by with lying to the public,” Bryant says. He’s actively looking for more people affected to come forward.

Paducah native Jennifer Moore won her lawsuit against Monsanto in March. She’s currently in Washington, D.C., speaking at a Monsanto litigation conference.

“Monsanto’s behavior over the last 40 years is egregious. Internal documents show that Monsanto knew that it’s product could cause cancer, and then they deliberately chose to not tell the American public,” Moore says.

She says it goes back to 2015 when the International Agency for the Research on Cancer determined glyphosate is a probable carcinogen to humans — meaning it could cause cancer.

While the cases against Monsanto are being fought in the courtroom, consumers are going to have to decide what to do in stores, because shelves are still stocked with Roundup.

Monsanto still insists glyphosate is safe. The three suits the company has lost are your warning.

Even if you don’t use Roundup, the chemical has been found in other products — including food products such as breakfast cereal. The National Pesticide Information Center reports that 750 products for sale in the U.S. contain glyphosate.

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