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'Roundup Cocktail' Argument A Potent Threat After $2B Award

Law360 (May 23, 2019, 10:27 PM EDT) -- Glyphosate may be the marquee ingredient in Roundup weedkiller, but last week's $2 billion verdict against manufacturer Monsanto shows the success of the argument that Roundup is a chemical cocktail and that its less famous ingredients drastically increase the risk that emerges from the whole. That could spell trouble for Monsanto in future trials.

A jury awarded $2.06 billion to plaintiffs Alberta and Alva Pilliod, who sprayed Roundup on their properties for decades and later developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. During the same period the Pilliods were using the product, Monsanto was hiding negative information and acting with malice, fraud or oppression, the...

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