Chemical large Monsanto has been ordered to pay $289m (£226m) damages to a person who claimed herbicides containing glyphosate had brought about his cancer.
In a landmark case, a Californian jury discovered that Monsanto knew its Roundup and RangerPro weedkillers have been bad and failed to warn shoppers.
It’s the primary lawsuit to move to trial alleging a glyphosate hyperlink to cancer.
Monsanto denies that glyphosate reasons cancer and says it intends to enchantment in opposition to the ruling.
“The jury got it wrong,” vice-president Scott Partridge mentioned outdoor the courthouse in San Francisco.
The claimant in the case, groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson, is amongst greater than five,000 identical plaintiffs throughout america.
Correspondents say the California ruling is most probably to lead to masses of different claims in opposition to Monsanto, which was once not too long ago purchased through the German conglomerate Bayer AG.
Mr Johnson was once identified with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2014. His legal professionals mentioned he frequently used a type of RangerPro whilst running at a college in Benicia, California.
Jurors discovered on Friday that the corporate had acted with “malice” and that its weedkillers contributed “substantially” to Mr Johnson’s terminal sickness.
Following an eight-week trial, the jury ordered the rural multi-national to pay $250m in punitive damages at the side of different prices that introduced the overall determine to nearly $290m.
In a remark after the ruling, Monsanto mentioned it was once “sympathetic to Mr Johnson and his family” however it might “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”.
The use of glyphosate has lengthy been debatable.
Its toxicity is extensively seemed to be low in the concentrations utilized by farmers, even supposing the UN International Agency for Research on Cancer has referred to as it “probably carcinogenic”.
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) says glyphosate is not likely to motive cancer in people and the European Commission says the European Chemicals Agency and other scientific bodies found no link to cancer in humans.