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$2B Roundup Verdict Likely Won't Hold Up, Legal Pros Say

Law360 (May 15, 2019, 11:10 PM EDT) -- This week's whopping $2.055 billion verdict in the third case to go to trial over claims Monsanto's Roundup causes cancer will likely be substantially reduced on appeal, legal experts told Law360 on Wednesday, but there's no foreseeable "end game" to such litigation since Roundup has remained on shelves with unchanged labels.

University of Connecticut law professor Alexandra D. Lahav explained the U.S. Supreme Court has held that under the U.S. Constitution's due process clause, punitive damages should generally have a single-digit ratio compared to the compensatory damages awarded. Lahav noted that the single-digit ratio is "not exactly a bright-line rule," but...

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