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Jury: Roundup weed killer major factor in man's cancer

Last Updated Mar 19, 2019 at 8:37 pm PDT

FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019 file photo, containers of Roundup are displayed on a store shelf in San Francisco. A jury in federal court in San Francisco has concluded that Roundup weed killer was a substantial factor in a California man's cancer. The unanimous verdict on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, came in a trial that plaintiffs' attorneys said could help determine the fate of hundreds of similar lawsuits against Roundup's manufacturer, agribusiness giant Monsanto. (AP Photo/Haven Daley, File)

SAN FRANCISCO — A jury in federal court in San Francisco has concluded that Roundup weed killer was a substantial factor in a California man’s cancer.

The unanimous verdict on Tuesday came in a trial that plaintiffs’ attorneys said could help determine the fate of hundreds of similar lawsuits against Roundup’s manufacturer, agribusiness giant Monsanto. It was the second jury verdict to find that Roundup caused non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Another jury reached that conclusion last year awarded the plaintiff, DeWayne Johnson, $289 million.

Tuesday’s verdict came in the case of 70-year Edwin Hardeman. The judge overseeing Hardeman’s lawsuit had split the trial into two phases. Hardeman’s attorneys first had to convince jurors that his use of Roundup was a significant factor in his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

The trial will now proceed to the damages phase.

The Associated Press