Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Uranus in Taurus, Bankrupting Bayer-Monsanto, and Unexpected Economic Justice for Corporate Violence
A California federal jury found that Monsanto's glyphosate-based Roundup herbicide was more than 50 percent likely to be a substantial factor in 70-year-old Ed Hardeman's cancer. Hardeman, who developed non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, had used Roundup on his 56-acre property for 25 years.
On March 27, the court found that Monsanto was negligent in warning the public about the risks associated with its herbicide. Bayer, now-owner of Monsanto Corporation, was ordered to pay Hardeman $80 million in damages.
This verdict follows another major loss for Bayer in the courts. On August 10, 2018, Monsanto was found liable for Dewayne Johnson's terminal non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Johnson, a 46-year-old school groundskeeper and father of three from California, had used Roundup herbicide regularly throughout his career, spraying schoolyards with the toxic poison. Bayer was initially ordered to pay Johnson $289 million in damages. That number has since been lowered to $78.5 million.
Bayer will now be appealing both rulings, but it looks as if its lawyers are going to be mighty busy over the next decade or two. There are now more than 11,000 pending cases against Bayer in the United States alone related to Roundup/glyphosate and cancer. This doesn't include tens of thousands of other pending and future lawsuits against Bayer for its own deadly and debilitating products like fluoroquinolone antibiotics Cipro and Avelox, birth control pills Yaz and Yasmin, Essure birth control coils, Xarelto blood thinner, and Trasylol bleeding inhibitor, among others.
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Punk Art Duct Tape Photo Frames by Willow
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