A California jury on Friday discovered Monsanto liable in a lawsuit filed by a faculty groundskeeper who mentioned the corporate’s weedkillers, together with Roundup, brought on his most cancers. The firm was ordered pay $289 million in damages.
The case of the groundskeeper, Dewayne Johnson, 46, was the primary lawsuit to go to trial alleging that Roundup and different glyphosate-based weedkillers trigger most cancers. Monsanto, a unit of the German conglomerate Bayer following a $62.5 billion acquisition, faces greater than 5,000 related lawsuits throughout the United States.
Mr. Johnson’s attorneys mentioned he developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after utilizing Roundup and Ranger Pro, one other Monsanto glyphosate herbicide, as a part of his job as a pest management supervisor for a California county faculty system.
The jury in Superior Court of California in San Francisco deliberated for 3 days earlier than discovering that Monsanto had didn’t warn Mr. Johnson and different shoppers of the most cancers dangers posed by its weedkillers.
It awarded $39 million in compensatory and $250 million in punitive damages.
Monsanto mentioned in an announcement that it might attraction the decision. More than 800 scientific research and evaluations “support the fact that glyphosate does not cause cancer, and did not cause Mr. Johnson’s cancer,” the corporate mentioned.
The lawsuit, filed in 2016, was placed on the quick observe for trial due to the severity of Mr. Johnson’s most cancers. His docs mentioned he was unlikely to stay previous 2020.
Brent Wisner, a lawyer for Mr. Johnson, mentioned in an announcement that jurors had seen for the primary time inner firm paperwork “proving that Monsanto has known for decades that glyphosate and specifically Roundup could cause cancer.” He known as on Monsanto to “put consumer safety first over profits.”
in September 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency concluded a decades-long evaluation of glyphosate dangers and located that the chemical was unlikely carcinogenic to people. But the World Health Organization’s most cancers arm in 2015 labeled glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans.”