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Chemical giant ordered to pay cancer patient $398m

California Roundup ingredient can cause cancer 'Guilty on All Counts!': In Historic Victory, Monsanto Ordered to Pay $289 Million in Roundup Cancer Lawsuit
Elsie Buchanan | 13 August, 2018, 06:56

A California jury today ordered the maker of the popular weed killer Roundup to pay $289 million in damages to a schools groundskeeper who alleges Roundup caused his cancer. Monsanto, a unit of Bayer AG following a US$62.5 billion acquisition by the German conglomerate, faces more than 5,000 similar lawsuits across the United States.

A spokesman for Monsanto, the company behind Roundup, said the agribusiness will appeal the ruling.

Former school groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson has been awarded almost $290 million after a jury at the Superior Court of California in San Francisco determined that "Roundup" played a "substantial factor" in his deteriorating health.

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

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) says glyphosate is unlikely to cause cancer in humans and the European Commission says the European Chemicals Agency and other scientific bodies found no link to cancer in humans.

Three years ago, doctors diagnosed Angie Dyer with a rare form of cancer - double hit large B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

The jury also found Monsanto "acted with malice or oppression" and ruled the company knew or should have known the weedkiller was unsafe.

But the manufacturer, Monsanto, insisted that hundreds of studies showed that the herbicide does not cause cancer and said the company would appeal the verdict to "vigorously defend this product".

The jury found unanimously that Monsanto was to blame for Johnson's illness because it should have known the dangers posed by the herbicide glyphosate, marketed as Roundup, and a more concentrated brand, Ranger Pro, which was the brand Johnson had used.

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"We are sympathetic to Mr Johnson and his family", Mr Partridge said.

But George Lombardi, an attorney for Monsanto, said non-Hodgkin's lymphoma takes years to develop, so Johnson's cancer must have started well before he began working at the school district.

Poor regulation was in the spotlight in the deaths of over 40 farmers earlier this year in Maharashtra from pesticide poisoning.

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

"The jury sent a message to the Monsanto boardroom that they have to change the way they do business", said Kennedy, who championed the case publicly.

The EPA already had glyphosate on the list of hazardous substances for "chief-executive initiated" reassessment but she would ask EPA to consider adding Roundup as a "proprietary product" - which has other ingredients as well as glyphosate. He called Monsanto's consumer hotline, but said the company never called back.

It awarded US$39 million in compensatory and US$250 million in punitive damages.

The company has denied ties between glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, and cancer.

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