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    Monsanto to Pay $289.2 Million in Landmark Roundup Lawsuit Verdict

    Monsanto to Pay $289.2 Million in Landmark Roundup Lawsuit Verdict

    Aug 10, 2018


    A San Francisco jury returned a verdict today in the case of a former groundskeeper with terminal cancer against Monsanto Company, ordering the agrochemical giant to pay $39.2 million in compensatory damages and $250 million in punitive damages for failing to warn consumers that exposure to Roundup weed killer causes cancer.

    Dewayne “Lee” Johnson filed the lawsuit (case no. CGC-16-550128) against St. Louis-based Monsanto Co. on Jan. 28, 2016, alleging exposure to the Roundup herbicide he sprayed while working as a groundskeeper for the Benicia Unified School District caused him to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL).

    On June 18, 2018, his case was assigned to Judge Suzanne Ramos Bolanos for the Superior Court of San Francisco, California. Johnson’s case was the first of its kind to proceed to trial due to his terminal diagnosis.

    After eight weeks of trial proceedings, the jury found unanimously that Monsanto’s glyphosate-based Roundup weed killer caused Mr. Johnson to develop NHL, and that Monsanto failed to warn of this severe health hazard. Importantly, the jury also found that Monsanto acted with malice, oppression or fraud and should be punished for its conduct.

    Monsanto Co. continues to refuse to warn consumers of the dangers of its multi-billion-dollar product Roundup despite the world’s foremost authority on cancer—the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)—listing glyphosate as a probable carcinogen in 2015.

    Lee Johnson is one of more than 4,000 people from across the country to file suit against Monsanto in state and federal courts based on allegations linking Roundup to cancer.

    He was represented at trial by Brent Wisner of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei and Goldman, David Dickens of the Miller Firm and Mark Burton of Audet & Partners LLP.

    Co-lead trial counsel Brent Wisner said today’s verdict was a result of newly-revealed, confidential company documents.

    "We were finally able to show the jury the secret, internal Monsanto documents proving that Monsanto has known for decades that glyphosate and specifically Roundup could cause cancer," Wisner said. "Despite the Environmental Protection Agency’s failure to require labeling, we are proud that an independent jury followed the evidence and used its voice to send a message to Monsanto that its years of deception regarding Roundup is over and that they should put consumer safety first over profits."

    Full article here: https://www.organicconsumers.org/blo...-trial-verdict
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    Didn't Moneysanto just join or get bought out by another corporate body ?.

    Great news all the same, will let lots of cats out.

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    So many of our friends were Roundup lovers. They couldn't get enough.

    And in the end they got more than they asked for.

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    Quote Originally posted by Aianawa View Post
    Didn't Moneysanto just join or get bought out by another corporate body ?.
    Monsanto was recently acquired by Bayer, yes, and Bayer has announced that it would drop the Monsanto name, but that it would keep the name of the individual products.

    I've posted a thread about it a while ago, which you can find here.
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