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Man’s Award in Roundup Cancer Case Slashed by Judge

Judge said punitive award was too much and reduced it to $20 million

WEDNESDAY, July 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) — A man who was awarded $80.27 million in a lawsuit alleging Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller caused his cancer had that amount cut by $55 million by a judge.

In March, federal jurors in California sided with Edwin Hardeman, who was the first cancer patient to take Monsanto to federal trial over Roundup. The jurors awarded him $5.27 million in compensatory damages for his pain and suffering, and $75 million in punitive damages to punish Monsanto, CNN reported.

But on Monday, Judge Vince Chhabria said the punitive award was too much and reduced it to $20 million, for a total award of about $25.3 million.

Despite Chhabria’s decision to slash the punitive award, Monsanto said it plans to appeal. More than 11,000 plaintiffs in the United States are suing Monsanto, saying Roundup caused non-Hodgkin lymphoma, CNN reported.

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