A Northern California jury on Monday awarded $2.055 billion to a Bay Area couple who say Bayer's Roundup weedkiller caused their cancer.
Alva and Alberta Pilliod are in their 70s, and said that after using Roundup for more than 35 years, they were diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2011 and 2015; both are now in remission. Their attorneys argued that scientific studies show glyphosate, the primary ingredient in Roundup, is a carcinogen. Bayer's lawyers noted that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other regulators have approved the product for use.
This is the third court loss in a row for Bayer due to Roundup, which it acquired when the company purchased Monsanto in 2018; a groundskeeper who said the weedkiller gave him cancer was awarded $78.5 million in August, and another man who also said it caused his cancer was awarded $80 million in March. Bayer is appealing the August ruling, and said it plans to appeal the March one as well.
Badger Guns, previously known as Badger Outdoors, has at times been the top seller of firearms used in crimes in the United States, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says; in 2005, it moved 537 guns recovered from crime scenes, NBC News reports. Milwaukee police officers Bryan Norberg and Graham Kunisch were both shot in the face in 2009, and claimed in their suit that the store should have known the gun used in their shooting was sold in a straw purchase, meaning the gun was purchased on behalf of someone not legally permitted to own firearms themselves. The suit also says that between 2007 and 2009, six Milwaukee police officers were injured in shootings involving guns sold at Badger Guns or Badger Outdoors.
Kunisch, who was shot multiple times, lost an eye, and sustained a brain injury, said he had to retire because of the incident. Jurors ordered Badger Guns to pay Kunisch $3.6 million and Norberg $1.5 million, in addition to $730,000 in punitive damages. Catherine Garcia