Monsanto ordered to pay $289 million in world’s first Roundup cancer trial

Monsanto ordered to pay $289 million in world’s first Roundup cancer trial

In 2014, at the age of 42, he was told he had non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

They said Monsanto, an agribusiness giant known for its chemical products like Roundup and genetically modified organism (GMO) food products, such as seeds and crops, did not provide adequate warnings of Roundup's risks. "I hope it gets the attention that it needs".

Mr Johnson's lawyers said he sprayed Roundup and a similar product, Ranger Pro, in large quantities as a pest control manager at a San Francisco Bay Area school district.

The suit is one of hundreds in progress and will nearly certainly be appealed by Monsanto, which was recently purchased by chemical giant Bayer.

Monsanto vice president Scott Partridge said hundreds of studies showed the herbicide does not cause cancer and said the company would appeal the verdict to "vigorously defend this product".

In the meantime, Cummins said his group looks forward to the next steps in its own lawsuit against Monsanto, which charges the company has long misled consumers about the safety of Roundup for humans and pets.

Jurors found on Friday that the company had acted with "malice" and that its weedkillers contributed "substantially" to Johnson's terminal illness.

Once, when a hose broke, the weed killer soaked his entire body.

Following eight weeks of trial proceedings, the San Francisco jury ordered Monsanto to pay $250m punitive damages, along with compensatory damages and other costs, bringing the total figure to almost $290m. "It has a record of safe use over those four decades and has been the most studied agricultural chemical in history", Partridge said in a September 2017 interview with CBS 11 News. Johnson hugs one of his lawyers after hearing the verdict to his case against Monsanto at the Superior Court Of California.

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In the past, Monsanto sued California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment for adding glyphosate to a list of cancer causing chemicals, and lost.

Roundup is widely available in British garden centres and is thought to be the most commonly used weedkiller in the world.

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

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.

Mr Partridge said of the verdict: "The jury made a decision, but the decision that a jury or a judge makes has to be based on the weight of the evidence and the overwhelming weight of the evidence that went in the trial was that science demonstrates glyphosate is safe, there's no credible evidence to the contrary".

Environmentalists in India have forcefully argued that the indiscriminate use of glyphosate poses a grave challenge in India, where the regulatory framework on herbicide and pesticide overuse/misuse is weak.

Johnson read the label and even contacted the company after developing a rash but was never warned it could cause cancer, Wisner said.

Monsanto has denied the Roundup causes cancer, but the jury, it seems, disagreed.

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