Monsanto Ordered to Pay $289 Million in Lawsuit Case

Ivan Schwartz
August 13, 2018

On Friday (Aug, 10), agricultural company Monsanto was deemed liable in a lawsuit filed by Johnson, who alleged that Roundup caused his cancer. Monsanto, a unit of Bayer AG BAYGn.DE following a US$62.5 billion acquisition by the German conglomerate, faces more than 5,000 similar lawsuits across the United States.

If the litigation generates large verdicts against Monsanto, it could have a material impact on Bayer's bottom line, said Chris Perrella, an analyst for Bloomberg Intelligence.

A court in the US has ordered the chemical company, Monsanto, to pay 235m euros in damages to a man who claimed his cancer was caused by glyphosate in its herbicides.

In this July 9 photo, plaintiff DeWayne Johnson looks up during a brief break as the Monsanto trial continues in San Francisco.

It is the subject of conflicting scientific studies as to whether it causes cancer.

Homebase confirmed it was undertaking a review following a California jury's decision to award a groundskeeper $289million after concluding the weedkiller Roundup had caused his terminal non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

On Friday, the jury in San Francisco found that Roundup was a "substantial factor" in Mr Johnson's illness and that the company should have provided a label warning of the potential health hazard.

Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in the world, produced by an array of companies since Monsanto's exclusive patent expired in the year 2000.

Ms Sage said in light of the USA decision she would be asking the EPA to consider adding Roundup to a list of hazardous substances up for reassessment.

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In a statement, Monsanto said it was "sympathetic to Mr Johnson and his family", but promised to appeal the ruling and "continue to vigorously defend this product, which has a 40-year history of safe use and continues to be a vital, effective and safe tool for farmers and others".

Dyer said she believes her cancer is the result of years of extensive Roundup use. "You did something wrong and now you have to pay, '" said Brent Wisner, Johnson's lead trial lawyer.

Monsanto has consistently denied that glyphosate-based herbicides cause cancer.

However, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says Roundup's active ingredient is safe for people when used in accordance with label directions.

Johnson was awarded a total of about $39 million in past and future losses, both economic and noneconomic, but it was the $250 million in punitive damages that seemed to take the courtroom's breath away, as a sigh was heard on a video recording when Bolanos made the announcement.

The World Health Organisation classified the herbicide as "probably carcinogenic to humans" in 2015.

Monsanto lawyer George Lombardi insisted that science has found no connection between Roundup and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

"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.

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