Pilliods couple v. Monsanto

RG17862702 // A158228
June 2, 2017
Final judgment
United States

Alva et Alberta Pilliod, Charles Baker, John Novak, Sharon Rowland, Sharon McClurg, Marjorie Grubka
Monsanto, Wilbur-Ellis
Curtis G. Hoke, Timothy Litzenburg, Michael Miller, Jeffrey Travers, David J. Dickens, Brent Wisner, Pedram Esfandiary, Michael L. Baum, Steven Kazan, Frances M. Phares, Mark Burton, Steven Brady

Civil court
Herbicide, Glyphosate, Roundup
Compensatory and punitive damages for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma of both Pilliods husband and wife due to years of use of Roundup.
Court of Appeal of the State of California, United States
Appellate (Appeal) Court

August 9, 2021
Appeal court confirms 1st instance verdict: Monsanto ordered to pay the Pilliod couple $2 billion in compensatory and punitive damages, reduced to $87 million on July 25, 2019..
National law

Alva and Alberta Pilliod, both suffering from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma after years of using Roundup, filed a complaint against Monsanto. This is the first case that has be heard in the Roundup Judicial Council Coordination Proceedings (JCCP NO. 4953), which includes many of the cases brought before the courts of the State of California. The trial began on 28/3/2019 in Alameda County
Superior Court (Oakland). On May 13, 2019, Monsanto was ordered to pay $2 billion in compensatory and punitive damages to the Pilliod couple. This is the third trial in the United States in less than a year in which the glyphosate-based herbicide is found responsible for the plaintiffs' NHL and Monsanto's found guilty. Monsanto/Bayer files a motion for JNoV on 6/18/2019, which is denied. On 7/25/2019, the judge reduces Monsanto's damages (mainly punitive) from $2 billion to $69.3 million, but confirms that Roundup was the probable cause of the Pilliods' disease and that the company has acted with malice. On Feb. 7, 2020, Bayer/Monsanto appeals the decision. On 7/31/2020, the Pilliods couple cross-appeal, seeking $575 million in damages. On June 22, 2021, California appellate judge J. Anthony Kline said he was seriously considering tossing Monsanto’s appeal due to what he called the agrochemical company’s “distortion of facts". On Aug. 9, 2021, the court of appeal affirms, citing Monsanto “reckless disregard” for consumer safety.