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SAN FRANCISCO — A U.S. jury has awarded $80 million in damages to a California man in a high-stakes trial over his claim that Roundup weed killer caused his cancer.

The six-person jury in San Francisco returned the amount for 70-year-old Edwin Hardeman on Wednesday. The same jury previously found that Roundup was a substantial factor in his non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Agribusiness giant Monsanto is facing thousands of similar lawsuits nationwide. Monsanto says studies have established that the active ingredient in its widely used weed killer is safe.

A different jury in August awarded another man $289 million. A judge later slashed the award to $78 million, and Monsanto has appealed.

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.

Hardeman's case may be more significant because the judge is overseeing hundreds of Roundup lawsuits and has deemed it a "bellwether trial."

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