Monsanto Co.’s request to reverse an $80 million verdict over its herbicide Roundup appeared unlikely after a federal judge told lawyers Tuesday that there was evidence at trial supporting punitive damages.

At a hearing Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria said he was unlikely to keep $2 million in future non-economic damages or the entire $75 million in punitive damages. But he insisted that Monsanto’s conduct, as demonstrated at trial, justified some amount of punitive damages.