(Reuters) – A California jury on Friday discovered Monsanto liable in a lawsuit filed through a person who alleged the corporate’s glyphosate-based weed-killers, together with Roundup, led to him most cancers and ordered the corporate to pay $289 million in damages.
The case of faculty groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson was once the primary lawsuit alleging glyphosate reasons most cancers to visit trial. Monsanto, a unit of Bayer AG following a $62.five billion acquisition through the German conglomerate, faces greater than five,000 equivalent complaints around the United States.
The jury at San Francisco’s Superior Court of California deliberated for 3 days sooner than discovering that Monsanto had didn’t warn Johnson and different shoppers of the most cancers dangers posed through its weed killers.
It awarded $39 million in compensatory and $250 million in punitive damages.
Monsanto denies that glyphosate, the sector’s most generally used herbicide, reasons most cancers and says a long time of medical research have proven the chemical to be secure for human use.
Johnson’s case, filed in 2016, was once fast-tracked for trial because of the severity of his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a most cancers of the lymph machine that he alleges was once led to through Roundup and Ranger Pro, some other Monsanto glyphosate herbicide. Johnson’s docs mentioned he’s not going to are living previous 2020.
A former pest regulate supervisor for a California county faculty machine, Johnson, 46, implemented the weed killer as much as 30 instances in step with 12 months.
(Reporting through Tina Bellon; Editing through Cynthia Osterman)