As the latest Roundup cancer trial enters its fifth week today, lawyers for the married couple of Alva and Alberta Pilliod were nearing the end of the direct presentation of their case, which is being tried in Alameda County Superior Court in Oakland, California. Both Pilliods developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma they allege was caused by their extended use of Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide.
Expert witness Chadi Nabhan, a hematologist and medical oncologist who is chief medical officer for Cardinal Health in Chicago, is expected to take the stand Monday with testimony that should extend into Tuesday. Plaintiffs’ attorneys have additional testimony to present to jurors via video-recorded depositions before resting their case by Wednesday. Lawyers for Monsanto are expected to offer their own witnesses by video on Thursday with live witness testimony for the company’s defense starting next week. Closing arguments are expected by May 6.
Last Thursday, jurors heard emotional testimony from Alva and Alberta about how cancer has changed their lives. Alva was diagnosed in 2011 and has been through multiple rounds of treatment while Alberta Pilliod has been hospitalized repeatedly since her diagnosis in 2015. The Pilliods used Roundup regularly from the mid -1970s until only a few years ago on multiple properties they owned. The couple said they chose Roundup because they believed it was safe for them and for the wildlife on their properties.
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