Environment & Energy Report

Bayer Faces March 18 Roundup-Cancer Trial with California Couple

Nov. 16, 2018, 4:33 PM

Bayer AG faces a March trial with a couple in Oakland, Calif., over claims its Roundup weedkiller caused them to contract cancer.

Alva and Alberta Pilliod, in their 70s, invoked the same California law—which gives scheduling preference to people who are ill—that allowed a school groundskeeper diagnosed with just months to live to be the first to present his case to a jury this summer

The Pilliods are among some 8,700 people who blame their cancer on Bayer’s recently acquired Monsanto unit.

California Superior Court Judge Ioana Petrou concluded that the risk of the Pilliods generally declining health warrants an...

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