(Reuters) – A California jury on Friday found Monsanto probable in a lawsuit filed by a male who purported a company’s glyphosate-based weed-killers, including Roundup, caused his cancer and systematic a association to compensate $289 million in damages.
The box of propagandize groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson was a initial lawsuit to go to hearing alleging glyphosate causes cancer. Monsanto, a section of Bayer AG following a $62.5 billion merger by a German conglomerate, faces some-more than 5,000 identical lawsuits opposite a United States.
The jury during San Francisco’s Superior Court of California deliberated for 3 days before anticipating that Monsanto had unsuccessful to advise Johnson and other consumers of a cancer risks acted by a weed killers.
It awarded $39 million in saving and $250 million in punitive damages.
Monsanto in a matter pronounced it would interest a verdict. “Today’s preference does not change a fact that some-more than 800 systematic studies and reviews…support a fact that glyphosate does not means cancer, and did not means Mr. Johnson’s cancer,” a association said.
Monsanto denies that glyphosate, a world’s many widely used herbicide, causes cancer and says decades of systematic studies have shown a chemical to be protected for tellurian use.
Johnson’s case, filed in 2016, was fast-tracked for hearing due to a astringency of his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of a lymph complement that he alleges was caused by Roundup and Ranger Pro, another Monsanto glyphosate herbicide. Johnson’s doctors pronounced he is doubtful to live past 2020.
A former harassment control manager for a California county propagandize system, Johnson, 46, practical a weed torpedo adult to 30 times per year.
Brent Wisner, a counsel for Johnson, in a matter pronounced jurors for a initial time had seen inner association papers “proving that Monsanto has famous for decades that glyphosate and privately Roundup could means cancer.” He called on Monsanto to “put consumer reserve initial over profits.”
Over a march of a four-week trial, jurors listened testimony by statisticians, doctors, open health researchers and epidemiologists who disagreed on either glyphosate can means cancer.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Sep 2017 resolved a decades-long comment of glyphosate risks and found a chemical not expected carcinogenic to humans. But a World Health Organization’s cancer arm in 2015 personal glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans.”
(Editing by Cynthia Osterman)