Jury award $289M to man who claims Roundup caused cancer

California Roundup ingredient can cause cancer

Jury award $289M to man who claims Roundup caused cancer

"This jury found Monsanto acted with malice and oppression because they knew what they were doing was wrong and doing it with reckless disregard for human life", said Robert F. Kennedy Jr, a member of Johnson's legal team.

A USA jury have supported a groundman's claim that Roundup weedkiller contributed to his terminal cancer and he's been awarded $289,000,000 (£226m) in compensation.

In France, a leading anti-Monsanto campaigner told AFP that the California ruling would strengthen the resolve of those doing battle with the agrochemicals giant across the world.

Johnson's case, filed in 2016, was fast-tracked for trial due to the severity of his non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph system that he alleges was caused by Roundup and Ranger Pro, another Monsanto glyphosate herbicide.

Dressed casually, Johnson had a brief exchange with his lawyer when that figure was revealed, then bowed his head as another one of his lawyers patted him on the back and whispered to him. "I am glad to be here; the cause is way bigger than me. Hopefully, this thing will get the attention it needs so folks can make a good choice".

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Monsanto, a subsidiary of German firm Bayer AG, has denied glyphosate is linked to cancer, saying hundreds of studies have found the product to be safe.

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".

He added that the ruling was just "the tip of the spear" of future legal cases.

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. "This should send a strong message to the boardroom of Monsanto".

In an emailed response, the firm said: "While Bayer and Monsanto continue to operate independently, Bayer believes that the jury's verdict is at odds with the weight of scientific evidence that the use of glyphosate is not associated with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma". As a result, most studies focus specifically on the herbicide, since studying individual formulations would leave the work without much statistical power. "The verdict today does not change the science", Partridge said.

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Dewayne Johnson, a former school groundskeeper whose doctors didn't think he'd live long enough learn the verdict, prevailed Friday in San Francisco state court after jurors deliberated for three days. In the U.S., more than 750 products contain it.

"The science finally caught up, where they couldn't bury it anymore", Wisner told the jury in closing arguments.

"It is the most widely used weed killer in Australia".

"I figured if it could kill weeds it could kill me", said Johnson. Roundup brand herbicide products are arranged for a photograph in Shelbyville, Kentucky. It was expedited because court filings indicated that Johnson was dying. It was acquired by Bayer for more than $62 billion in June.

Monsanto was one of the companies that produced the defoliant "Agent Orange" - which has been linked to cancer and other diseases - for use by United States forces in Vietnam.

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Monsanto launched Roundup in 1976 and soon thereafter began genetically modifying plants, making some resistant to Roundup.

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