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    FILE - This Jan. 26, 2017 file photo shows containers of Roundup, a weed killer made by Monsanto, on a shelf at a hardware store in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

    An Alameda County Superior Court jury will begin deliberating Thursday in the case of a Livermore husband and wife who claim that Monsanto Co.'s Roundup herbicide caused both of them to develop cancer.

    Alva Pilliod, 76, and Alberta Pilliod, 74, were diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2011 and 2015. They allege that exposure from more than three decades of spraying Roundup on weeds in several properties was a substantial factor in causing their illness.

    Monsanto, now owned by Bayer AG of Germany, contends studies have shown Roundup is safe. Roundup is the world's most popular weedkiller.

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has stated that Roundup's principal ingredient, glyphosate, is not likely to cause cancer, while an agency of the World Health Organization has concluded the chemical is probably carcinogenic.

    Jury: Monsanto Was a Factor in Sonoma County Man's Cancer

    [BAY] Jury: Monsanto Was a Factor in Sonoma County Man's Cancer

    A jury in federal court in San Francisco has ruled that Roundup weed killer was a factor in causing a California man's cancer in a weeks-long trial that started last month. Cheryl Hurd reports.

    (Published Tuesday, March 19, 2019)

    The jurors in the court of Judge Winifred Smith will begin deliberating Thursday after having heard about six weeks of testimony followed by closing arguments on Wednesday.

    The couple claims Monsanto sold a defective product, failed to warn consumers of the dangers and was negligent. Their lawyer asked the jury Wednesday to award the couple about $55 million in compensation plus $1 billion in punitive damages.

    The Pilliods' case is the third to go to trial among more than 13,000 lawsuits filed against Monsanto nationwide in state and federal courts.

    Jury Awards Sonoma Man $80M in Damages in Roundup Trial

    [BAY] Jury Awards Sonoma Man $80M in Damages in Roundup Trial

    A U.S. jury on Wednesday awarded $80 million in damages to a California man who blamed Roundup weed killer for his cancer, in a case that his attorneys say could help determine the fate of hundreds of similar lawsuits. Sam Brock reports.

    (Published Wednesday, March 27, 2019)

    In the first lawsuit to go to trial, a San Francisco Superior Court jury last year awarded former school groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson of Vallejo $289 million, later reduced by the trial judge to $78 million.

    In the second case, a federal jury in San Francisco in March granted $80 million to Edwin Hardeman of Santa Rosa. Monsanto is appealing both verdicts.