Monsanto to appeal $289 million verdict that Roundup caused man's cancer

Monsanto to appeal $289 million verdict that Roundup caused man's cancer

Monsanto to appeal $289 million verdict that Roundup caused man's cancer

He developed a rash and was 42 when he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2014. A quarter-billion of it is purely punitive damages, meant to punish the company for "acting with malice and oppression".

A Californian jury ruled that Monsanto knew its Roundup and Rangerpro weedkillers contained harmful glyphosates that are unsafe to the public - and had failed to warn consumers of the health risks it presented.

On Friday, the jury in San Francisco found that Roundup was a "substantial factor" in Mr Johnson's illness and that the company should have provided a label warning of the potential health hazard.

Monsanto's vice-president, Scott Partridge, said on Friday that hundreds of studies had shown that glyphosate, one of the world's most widely used herbicides and a key ingredient of Roundup, does not cause cancer.

Johnson, 46, alleges that heavy contact with the herbicide caused his non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. "The Johnson v Monsanto verdict is a win for all of humanity and all life on earth", said Zen Honeycutt, Founding Executive Director of Moms Across America. He worked at the time as a groundskeeper for the school district in Benicia, a suburb north of San Francisco.

The maker of Roundup weedkiller has insisted British consumers are safe to use the product after a USA jury backed a groundsman's claim the pesticide contributed to his terminal cancer.

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There is conflicted evidence linking glyphosate and cancer.

However, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) insists it is safe when used carefully.

Poor regulation was in the spotlight in the deaths of over 40 farmers earlier this year in Maharashtra from pesticide poisoning.

But the France-based International Agency for Research on Cancer, which is part of the World Health Organisation, classed the chemical as a "probable human carcinogen" in 2015.

A spokesman for Monsanto, the company behind Roundup, said the agribusiness will appeal the ruling. "This should send a strong message to the boardroom of Monsanto".

Following eight weeks of trial proceedings, the San Francisco jury ordered Monsanto to pay US$250 million in punitive damages along with compensatory damages and other costs, bringing the total figure to almost US$290 million.

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Robert F. Kennedy Jnr - an environmental lawyer, son of the late United States senator and a member of Johnson's legal team - hugged Johnson after the verdict.

After the jury was polled and released from its duties, Johnson exchanged hugs and received congratulations from members of his legal team while displaying a thin smile.

In this July 9 photo, plaintiff DeWayne Johnson looks up during a brief break as the Monsanto trial continues in San Francisco.

"It is a landmark development in terms of the jury fixing responsibility on Monsanto and its negligence and given the discussion around glyphosate and its safety in India", said Kavitha Kuruganti, from the Alliance for Sustainable & Holistic Agriculture (ASHA).

"Did Monsanto fail to adequately warn of the danger?"

To each of those questions, the jury's response was, "Yes".

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