Couple awarded $2 billion in Roundup verdict

A jury in California decided the active ingredient in Roundup caused cancer for Alva and Alberta Pilliod, who had been using Roundup for 30 years.
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Transcript for Couple awarded $2 billion in Roundup verdict
Thank you so much, Marcus. A stunning verdict against the company behind the weed killer roundup. A jury has awarded $2 billion to a California couple who claimed roundup gave them cancer. ABC's janai Norman is here with the story. Good morning, janai. Good morning. We've all heard of roundup, a stap for a backyard gardener and now Monsanto faces some 13,000 lawsuits alleging its product can cause cancer. So in this case one of the first to go to trial, a jury in California decided the active ingredient in roundup did, indeed, cause Alva and Alberta pilliod's non-hodgkin's lymphoma and doctors say they're in remission but the cancer could recur and they've been using roundup for 30 years. The other two trials ended with large awards but nothing close to the $2 billion the pilliods were awarded. However, judges often reduce such large awards and speaking at a news conference following the verdict one of the plaintiff's lawyers issued a warning to Monsanto essentially saying this is not the end. This is only the beginning because of those other lawsuits and Eva pilgrim says she resents Monsanto for not warning them about the dangers of roundup. What is the company saying about it. It is the German conglomerate Bayer that owns Monsanto and says we're disappointed with the jury's decision and will appeal the verdict in the case. International health regulators have ruled the active ingredient in roundup, glyphosate, is safe to use and not carcinogenic. The international agency for research on cancer has classified glyphosate as possibly carcinogenic in humans. A classification that sparked criticism and debate but remains legal in the U.S. And in Europe. Yeah. Not going away any time We switch to celebrate Doris case, one of Hollywood's most

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