By Tina Bellon
(Reuters) – A California jury on Friday discovered Monsanto liable in a lawsuit filed by a person who alleged the corporate’s glyphosate-based weed-killers, together with Roundup, triggered his most cancers and ordered the corporate to pay $289 million in damages.
The case of college groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson was the primary lawsuit to go to trial alleging glyphosate causes most cancers. Monsanto, a unit of Bayer AG following a $62.5 billion acquisition by the German conglomerate, faces greater than 5,000 related lawsuits throughout the USA.
The jury at San Francisco’s Superior Court docket of California deliberated for 3 days earlier than discovering that Monsanto had did not warn Johnson and different shoppers of the most cancers dangers posed by its weed killers.
It awarded $39 million in compensatory and $250 million in punitive damages.
Monsanto in a press release stated it might enchantment the decision. “At present’s determination doesn’t change the truth that greater than 800 scientific research and evaluations…help the truth that glyphosate doesn’t trigger most cancers, and didn’t trigger Mr. Johnson’s most cancers,” the corporate stated.
Monsanto denies that glyphosate, the world’s most generally used herbicide, causes most cancers and says many years of scientific research have proven the chemical to be secure for human use.
Johnson’s case, filed in 2016, was fast-tracked for trial because of the severity of his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a most cancers of the lymph system that he alleges was brought on by Roundup and Ranger Professional, one other Monsanto glyphosate herbicide. Johnson’s docs stated he’s unlikely to stay previous 2020.
A former pest management supervisor for a California county college system, Johnson, 46, utilized the weed killer as much as 30 instances per yr.
Brent Wisner, a lawyer for Johnson, in a press release stated jurors for the primary time had seen inside firm paperwork “proving that Monsanto has identified for many years that glyphosate and particularly Roundup may trigger most cancers.” He referred to as on Monsanto to “put client security first over earnings.”
Over the course of the four-week trial, jurors heard testimony by statisticians, docs, public well being researchers and epidemiologists who disagreed on whether or not glyphosate could cause most cancers.
The U.S. Environmental Safety Company in September 2017 concluded a decades-long evaluation of glyphosate dangers and located the chemical not going carcinogenic to people. However the World Well being Group’s most cancers arm in 2015 categorised glyphosate as “most likely carcinogenic to people.”
(Reporting by Tina Bellon; Enhancing by Cynthia Osterman)
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