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Terminally ill man awarded $289 million in lawsuit against Monsanto

Terminally ill man awarded $289 million in lawsuit against Monsanto

Jurors found that Monsanto acted with "malice" and that its weed killers Roundup and the professional grade version RangerPro contributed "substantially" to Dewayne Johnson's terminal illness.

Nearly after three days had past of the deliberations in this week, the jury of the Supreme Court of California located in San Francisco, awarded Dewayne Johnson a huge amount of $250 million were awarded for the punitive damage caused and the other $39 million for the compensatory damages.

In 2015 the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the World Health Organisation's cancer agency concluded that it was "probably carcinogenic to human humans".

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.

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

BBC North American correspondent James Cook reported that in California - where a judge recently ruled that coffee must carry a cancer warning - the agriculture industry sued to prevent such a label for glyphosate, even though the state lists it as a chemical known to cause cancer.

Earlier this year, the German drug and agrochemical company Bayer bought out Monsanto.

Dewayne Johnson (centre) was awarded £226m in damages from Monsanto.

The UK's biggest DIY chains have announced they are reviewing the safety of their weedkillers, as a U.S. court ruled a commonly-used ingredient had given a man cancer.

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"Roundup could cause cancer", Johnson's lawyer Brent Wisner said in a statement, according to the news outlet.

Johnson's lawyers, relying on his testimony and expert witnesses, argued that his exposure, including accidents that got him soaked from head to toe in Roundup, caused his non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Mr Johnson's attorneys sought and won $US39 million in compensatory damages and $US250 million of the $US373 million they wanted in punitive damages.

CNN reported previous year that more than 800 patients were suing Monsanto, claiming Roundup gave them cancer. According to Monsanto's own latest annual report, the company was fighting more than 3,100 glyphosate lawsuits as of the end of 2017, and hundreds more have been filed since.

Litzenburg said Friday's verdict is historic, especially since Roundup is the most widely used herbicide in the world. His victory may set the precedent for many others.

For "acting with negligence", Monsanto has been ordered to pay Johnson & his family a $289 million sum, a decision that will likely impact how biotech conduct themselves, as to appear properly vetted.

After the verdict, the company- which vowed to appeal - issued a statement saying it stands by the studies that suggest Roundup does not cause cancer.

However, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which is an independent body from the government, continues to assert that the chemical is safe to use if the correct precautions are taken.


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