A terminally ailing California man gained a milestone case in opposition to agricultural big Monsanto after he claimed the corporate’s weed killer, Roundup, gave him most cancers.
Dewayne Johnson, 46, was awarded $289 million in damages on Friday after a jury dominated the corporate’s product was the explanation he developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, in response to the Related Press.
Monsanto denies the claims their product causes most cancers and advised the wire they plan to attraction the decision.
Johnson, a former college groundskeeper, stated he used the weed killer often whereas spraying it on the grounds he labored on within the San Francisco Bay Space college district.
In a single occasion, the product left the daddy of two soaked after a hose broke in 2012, in response to CNN.
He claimed he contacted the corporate after he developed a rash however was by no means advised it may trigger most cancers, the AP reported.
Two years later, in 2014 on the age of 42, Johnson was identified with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma — a type of most cancers that begins when cells within the physique develop uncontrolled. Cells in nearly any a part of the physique can change into cancerous and unfold to different areas, in response to the American Most cancers Society.
About 80 p.c of Johnson’s physique is now coated in lesions, CNN reported.
Monsanto’s legal professional, George Lombardi, argued in courtroom that non-Hodgkins lymphoma develops over the course of years that means Johnson’s most cancers began earlier than he started working as a groundskeeper.
“We had been lastly in a position to present the jury the key, inner Monsanto paperwork proving that Monsanto has identified for many years that… Roundup may trigger most cancers,” Johnson’s lawyer Brent Wisner stated in a press release obtained by The Guardian.
The decision in opposition to the company gave the “message to Monsanto that its years of deception concerning Roundup is over and that they need to put shopper security first over earnings.”
The important thing ingredient on the middle of the lawsuit is glyphosate — present in Roundup — which the World Well being Group’s Worldwide Company for Analysis on Most cancers stated was “in all probability carcinogenic to people” in 2015.
In a press release to the newspaper, Scott Partridge, Vice President of Monsanto, stated “glyphosate doesn’t trigger most cancers, and didn’t trigger Mr. Johnson’s most cancers” including, “We are going to attraction this choice and proceed to vigorously defend this product, which has a 40-year historical past of protected use and continues to be a significant, efficient, and protected instrument for farmers and others.”
Monsanto is dealing with about 2,000 different lawsuits from most cancers sufferers, their households or their estates who declare their merchandise additionally gave them most cancers.