Jury Finds Monsanto’s Roundup Responsible for Man’s Cancer

Katie Ramirez
August 16, 2018

Jurors deliberated for almost three days before concluding Monsanto failed to provide adequate warning about the risks associated with it products, opening Johnson up to the deadly condition he now suffers from.

"The jury's verdict is at odds with the weight of scientific evidence, decades of real world experience and the conclusions of regulators around the world that all confirm glyphosate is safe and does not cause non-Hodgkin's lymphoma", Bayer said in a statement. Applying the relatively low standard of proof required in California civil courts that a claim is "more likely to be true than not true", the jury awarded Johnson a $289 million judgment including $250 million in punitive damages against Monsanto, the maker of the herbicide.

Monsanto said on Friday that it would appeal against the verdict.

His lawsuit built on 2015 findings by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the UN World Health Organization, which classified Roundup's main ingredient glyphosate as a probable carcinogen, causing the state of California to follow suit.

Shares in Bayer dove more than 11% Monday after a landmark ruling against Monsanto, a U.S. agriculture giant owned by the German pharma giant.

Bayer chief executive officer (CEO) Werner Baumann recently announced that "Monsanto will no longer be a company name" following its acquisition. He was seeking $412 million in damages.

"A unanimous jury in San Francisco has told Monsanto: 'Enough".

It was acquired by Bayer for more than USD62 billion in June.

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He was diagnosed with cancer in 2014, and in July 2017, after chemotherapy and other treatments, his oncologist gave him six months to live.

After the verdict in favor of a California school groundskeeper with terminal cancer, Monsanto faces more than 5,000 similar lawsuits across the United States over claims it did not warn of the cancer risks of glyphosate-based weedkillers, including its Roundup brand.

He called on Monsanto to "put consumer safety first over profits".

"That is a choice that shows their reckless disregard for human health, and today is their day of reckoning".

His was the first case filed by a cancer patient against the agribusiness giant to reach trial.

Monsanto lawyer George Lombardi insisted that science had found no connection between Roundup and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Brice tells WPRO that extended exposure could lead to a form of cancer and says Johnson used the product frequently with the chemicals touching his body.

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