A California judge ruled this week that an elderly couple, each with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, were not sick enough to warrant having their case heard before other plaintiffs suing Monsanto over claims that its weed killers cause cancer.
Alva, 76, and Alberta Pilliod, 74, were diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2011 and 2015, respectively. They claim that they developed cancer after years of using Monsanto’s Roundup on their garden. Their attorney argued that the couple deserved an expedited trial date for fear they might relapse and their health decline due to their cancers. A joint trial was requested for January or February 2019.
But Alameda County Superior Court Judge Ioana Petrou tentatively ruled that the Pilliods weren’t sick enough to move ahead of the first of 250 or so similar cases against Monsanto consolidated before Petrou.
Both Alva and Alberta Pilliod are in full remission and neither is currently undergoing chemotherapy. Alberta Pilliod, however, is taking a chemotherapy maintenance medication to which she is responding well. But given their age and ailments, Petrou suggested she may schedule the couple’s trial for sometime in the spring.
Those suing Monsanto allege the company knew the active ingredient in Roundup, a chemical known as glyphosate, can cause cancer. Monsanto was acquired by Bayer AG earlier this year.
Last August, a San Francisco state jury awarded a school groundskeeper $289 million in a landmark trial after finding Monsanto responsible for the man’s non-Hodgkin lymphoma diagnosis. The damages were later reduced to $78 million.
Source: Courthouse News Service