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A Monsanto greenhouse.

OAKLAND, Calif. — A jury ordered agribusiness giant Monsanto Co. to pay a combined $2.05 billion to a couple who claimed the company's popular weed killer Roundup Ready caused their cancers.

The Oakland jury on Monday delivered Monsanto's third such loss in California since August.

Alva and Alberta Pilliod claimed they used Roundup for more than 30 years to landscape their home and other properties. They were both diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

A federal jury in San Francisco previously ordered the weed killer maker to pay a man $80 million and a San Francisco jury in August awarded $289 million to a former greenskeeper, though a judge later reduced it.

The trials were the first of an estimated 13,000 lawsuits against Monsanto. Omaha-based Domina Law Group filed the Nebraska part of the Roundup battle, the first Roundup case in the nation, on behalf of Midwestern farmers as well as several of the country’s first Roundup lawsuits alleging a link between herbicide’s Glyphosate chemical and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

German chemical giant Bayer owns Monsanto and said it will appeal Monday's verdict.

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