After years of denying its flagship product Roundup causes cancer, the Monsanto Company has officially been found guilty in federal court, after a San Francisco jury ruled in favor of a school groundskeeper dying from the disease.
Dewayne Johnson, who has long served as a pest control manager in a San Francisco Bay Area school district, was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2014 at age 42.
But now doctors say he only has months to live after his exposure to Roundup, the chemical weedkilling cocktail with active ingredient glyphosate deemed a “probable human carcinogen” by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer in 2015.
After a four-week deliberation, the jury returned the landmark verdict: Monsanto has acted “with malice or oppression” toward Johnson, a verdict that was unanimously reached against the chemical and GMO giant.
Nearly $290 Million Awarded in Monsanto Cancer Case
Johnson, who goes by the nickname “Lee” and is a father of three, will now be awarded a total of nearly $290 million from the company — $2.3 million in economic losses, $37 million for pain and emotional distress, and $250 million in punitive damages.
He suffers from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma due to the his exposure to Roundup and another Monsanto product, Ranger Pro, during his years on the job according to the lawsuit as noted in this report from NBC News.
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