On August 10, 2018, a San Francisco jury ruled that Roundup, a popular weed-killer sold by Monsanto, is responsible for Dewayne “Lee” Johnson’s terminal case of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. In May 2017, CNN reported that over 800 cancer victims are similarly suing Monsanto for producing Roundup with glyphospate, an ingredient that may be carcinogenic to humans. Monsanto has since been inundated with roughly 9,000 lawsuits from cancer victims, widows, and estates for failing to warn consumers about the potential cancer risks associated with their products.
The jury in the Dewayne Johnson v. Monsanto Company trial was moved by Johnson’s testimony, his shortened lifespan, and photos of the numerous lesions covering his entire body. They unanimously agreed that the presence of glyphosate in Roundup is a contributing factor to Johnson’s fatal illness. Consequently, this judgement sets a significant precedent for future litigations against Monsanto by asserting that the company is exhibiting intentional negligence in failing to warn the public about their products.
While the jury’s verdict awarded Johnson, a former school groundskeeper, $250 million in punitive damages and $39 million in compensatory damages, the Monsanto Vice President has since issued a statement that the company stands by the safety of their product. In fact, the company is not planning on adding any warning labels to their weed-killing products.
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