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Jury orders Bayer to pay cancer victim $80 million

Edwin Hardeman, who sued Bayer.
Edwin Hardeman, who sued Bayer. Photo: Julie Charpentrat/Getti Images

A federal jury in San Francisco said Wednesday that Bayer — which acquired Monsanto last year — must pay roughly $80 million in damages to a California man said to have contracted cancer after exposure to the company’s Roundup weedkiller, per The Wall Street Journal.

Details: This marks the second verdict issued against the company after a jury last summer said Roundup caused cancer, ultimately ordering the company to pay $78.6 million in damages. In Wednesday's ruling, the jury said Bayer was negligent and failed to adequately warn the public about the product’s risks. The company reportedly plans to appeal the verdict, adding that it stands behind its products and will vigorously defend them.