SAN FRANCISCO – A Sonoma County resident is suing an agrochemical and agricultural biotech corporation alleging that it knowingly neglected its duties to its consumers by providing products that may cause harm to the users.

Edward Hardeman filed a suit Feb. 1 against Monsanto Co. and John Does 1-50 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, citing negligence, breach of implied warranties and other counts.

According to the complaint, Hardeman alleges that he was diagnosed with large B-cell Non-Hodgkins lymphoma in February 2015 after using Roundup, a product sold by the defendant, since the 1980s. The suit states that Roundup contains glyphosate, which is dangerous to human health. He holds Monsanto Co. and John Does 1-50 responsible because they allegedly sold the product to consumers without thoroughly testing its negative effects on the consumer, including selling the product without proper warning to the affect it may cause.

The plaintiff seeks compensation for all past and future damages, medical expenses, out-of-pocket expenses, lost earnings including pre- and post-judgment interests, as well as attorneys' fees and costs. He is represented by Aimee H. Wagstaff and David J. Wool of Andrus Wagstaff in Lakewood, Colorado and by Kathryn M Forgie of the firm's Oakland office.

U.S. District Court Northern District of California Case Number 4:16-cv-00525-DMR

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