Jury Awards $289 Million In California Roundup Trial Against Monsanto

August 10, 2018 05:54 PM
 
Friday a California jury found Monsanto liable in a lawsuit filed by Dewayne Johnson alleging Roundup caused him cancer. The jury ordered Monsanto to pay $289 million.

Friday a California jury found Monsanto liable in a lawsuit filed by Dewayne Johnson alleging Roundup caused him cancer. The jury ordered Monsanto to pay $289 million.

The verdict came from San Francisco’s Superior Court of California where a jury deliberated for three days. Jury members found Monsanto failed to warn Johnson and other consumers of cancer risks posed by Roundup. It awarded $39 million in compensatory and $250 million in punitive damages, Reuters reports.

“We are sympathetic to Mr. Johnson and his family,” says Scott Partridge, vice president at Monsanto. “Today’s decision does not change the fact that more than 800 scientific studies and reviews – and conclusions by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. National Institutes of Health and regulatory authorities around the world – support the fact that glyphosate does not cause cancer, and did not cause Mr. Johnson’s cancer.

 

“We will appeal this decision and continue to vigorously defend this product, which has a 40-year history of safe use and continues to be a vital, effective, and safe tool for farmers and others.”

 

This trial is the first from more than 300 lawsuits against Monsanto under claims its widely-used herbicide is connected to cancer.

Dewayne Johnson worked for a public-school system in California for two years when he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. During his tenure with the school he used Roundup and other herbicides extensively for landscaping.

More than 2,000 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma patients who use Roundup have reached out to plaintiff attorney Timothy Litzenburg with similar claims, according to CNN. Johnson’s trial was heard first because California expedites court processes for dying plaintiffs.

 

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Andrew Dennison
Cato, NY
8/11/2018 01:12 PM
 

  It’s bullshit!!! All part of our nanny state society we live in. I smoked cigarettes for years I quit them and now I smoke cigars so if I get cancer someday should I say its the tobacco companies fault? You have farmers living into their 80s and 90s that have used round up for years and it didn’t cause cancer to them

 
 
MNFarmer
Southern, MN
8/11/2018 07:33 PM
 

  "During his tenure with the school he used Roundup and other herbicides extensively for landscaping" Are any of the other herbicides known to cause cancer? It wasn't mentioned in this article but other news sites mentioned his attorney saying this guy would spray Roundup during gusty winds and the chemical would cover his face. I wouldn't be surprised if he handled the other herbicides in the same manner as he handled Roundup. It's crazy how the jury can conclude it was Roundup that caused his cancer. I doubt they had a shred of evidence to support that conclusion. Only a California jury would rule that way.

 
 
Jim
Go Hawkeyes, IA
8/11/2018 09:50 PM
 

  I'm not surprised. Its not the first time a large corporation would hide evidence to make profits. I always thought the cigarette CEO's moved to Monsanto. But cancer is just the tip of the iceberg. Research shows that the RR you eat in your food opens up the tight junctions in the gut, allowing toxins to go into the blood. Theres actually pictures of it happening. Most of the time we farmers don't want to believe that a product we use is damaging anyone or the environment. Much like a smoker that denies it doesn't affect his health. I sit in a cancer clinic all the time and see the farmers that come in with cancer. Some will deny that it was caused by anything they use. I would not want to be dependent on RR, Chlorpyrifos, or Dicamba to make a living.

 
 

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