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March 28, 2019 — Hardeman v. Monsanto — In February, 2019, a Louisville, Kentucky lawyer won an $80.3 million verdict against Monsanto after the jury found that Roundup was the cause of cancer in the first Federal Court case from the Roundup MDL to go to trial. The plaintiff was a 70-year-old male who lived with his wife in Sonoma County, California on 56 acres. He had used Roundup products to treat poison oak, weeds and overgrowth on his property in the 1980s and continued heavy spray activity through 2012. Three years later, he got a cancer diagnosis of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The jury found that the popular weed killer was defective and awarded him $80 million which included a $75 million punitive damage award.

Reference: Wolfson, Andrew. “Louisville Lawyer Wins $80M Verdict against Monsanto over Weedkiller Roundup.” Courier Journal, 28 Mar. 2019, www.courier-journal.com/story/news/2019/03/28/monsanto-roundup-cancer-lawsuit-louisville-lawyer-wins-huge-verdict-80-million/3295421002/.

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Gayle Gerling Pettinga

Born and raised in Evansville, Gayle is a respected, experienced lawyer and a valued community leader. She graduated near the top of her class at Indiana University’s prestigious Maurer School of Law. She’s practiced law with one of the largest firms in Indianapolis as well as one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. And that means she knows how big law firms and big companies think and how they operate – and she will put that knowledge to work for you.

Gayle has received numerous awards and honors including Martindale-Hubbell — Peer Review Rated: AV®, American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys 10 Best Attorneys in Indiana for Exceptional and Outstanding Client Service, and YWCA Evansville 100 Years, 100 Women Honoree, 2011.

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