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A formidable team of trial attorneys just achieved the largest award in a personal injury case in 2019 and the eighth largest in American history. And they obtained it for a couple both suffering with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after using the weed killer Roundup for decades.

Alva Pilliod has cancer in his spine and other bones. His wife, Alberta Pilliod, suffers from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma brain cancer. In a trial against Roundup manufacturer Monsanto earlier this month, a California jury awarded the couple $2.055 billion in damages. That verdict includes $2 billion in rarely awarded punitive damages, which are meant to punish Monsanto for particularly heinous behavior.

More than 13,400 people are suing Monsanto, alleging its Roundup product causes cancer. Three cases have gone to trial so far, and the juries in all three have sided with the plaintiffs.

The verdict “is as clear of a statement as you can get that they need to change what they’re doing,” Brent Wisner, one of the attorneys for the Pilliods, told CNN.

Congratulations to Michael J. Miller of The Miller Firm and R. Brent Wisner of Baum Hedlund on this major win for the plaintiffs. Click here for more information on this recent case.

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