Alberta Pilliod and her husband, Alva Pilliod, both developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after using Monsanto’s herbicide RoundUp in their yard for decades. Monsanto is also the #1 producer of GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) corn. The Pilliods claim that Monsanto failed to warn about the cancer causing herbicide RoundUp and sued them.
After a six-week trial, the First District Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled against Monsanto and ruled that the evidence in a 2019 Alameda County Superior Court trial proved “Monsanto’s intransigent unwillingness to inform the public about the carcinogenic dangers of a product it made abundantly available at hardware stores and garden shops across the country.”
Alberta was awarded over $37 million in compensatory damages, Alva was awarded over $18 million in compensatory damages, and each of them was awarded $1 billion in punitive damages. Later the trial judge reduced the total amount to $87 million.