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Lawsuit brings $289 million verdict against maker of Roundup weed killer

Lawsuit brings $289 million verdict against maker of Roundup weed killer

A terminally ill man has been awarded $289 million in the first cancer-related trial against agricultural giant Monsanto. "But some definitely show an association with cancer called non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in people who use these chemicals frequently", Professor Aranda said.

Dewayne Johnson was awarded 289 million dollars (£226 million) by a state jury in the USA, who found manufacturer Monsanto had failed to adequately warn of the risks of using Roundup, which contains the world's most widely-used herbicide glyphosate.

Johnson, 42, worked as a groundskeeper and used Roundup, an herbicide, along with Ranger Pro, another Monsanto product, according to the report.

Monsanto Co. says it will appeal the verdict.

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.

Johnson's lawyer Brent Wisner said the jury had seen internal company documents to prove Monsanto has known about the cancer-causing effects of glyphosate and Roundup "for decades".

Several North Texans have also sued Monsanto claiming Roundup caused them to get sick.

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

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




Johnson's lawyers sought and won 39 million dollars (£30 million) in compensatory damages and 250 million dollars (£196 million) of the 373 million dollars (£292 million) they wanted in punitive damages.

The jury said that the packaging of the product should have indicated the risks of using it.

However, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) insists it is safe when used carefully.

"Its most common use in United Kingdom farming is to kill weeds in the autumn before seeds are planted".

Johnson said he hoped his verdict would bolster the other cases. A ruling in 2015 by the World Health Organization's worldwide agency for research on cancer (IARC) classified glyphosate as "probably carcinogenic to humans".

Plaintiff Dewayne Johnson reacts after hearing the verdict in his case against Monsanto at the Superior Court of California in San Francisco on Friday, Aug. 10, 2018.

The World Health Organization's cancer research agency classified glyphosate as "probably carcinogenic to humans" in 2015, but said there was "limited evidence of carcinogenicity in humans for non-Hodgkin lymphoma" based on studies from US, Canada and Sweden published since 2001.

They said he even once contacted Monsanto after developing a rash, and wasn't told of any risk, the AP reported. But that issue was sidestepped during the trial, as Johnson's lawyers argued that his cancer was caused by the combination of glyphosate and other chemicals present in Roundup.

"All the efforts by Monsanto to put their finger in the dike and hold back the science; the science is now too persuasive", Kennedy said, pointing to "cascading" scientific evidence about the health dangers of Roundup.