Landmark Verdict in Roundup Weed Killer Lawsuit

A months-long trial in San Francisco has ended after a jury found that Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer contributed to a school groundskeeper’s lymphoma, awarding the man $289 million in damages in this landmark decision. Dewayne Johnson’s case was the first to go to trial because his doctors said he was near death due to his terminal cancer and California offers an expedited trial in those situations. Johnson was awarded $39 million in compensatory damages and $250 million in punitive damages for a total of $289 million. That judgement also includes $37 million for non-economic damages, determined to be one million for every year that the 46-year-old will have lost due to cancer. This decision could set a tremendous precedent for the thousands of other cases that are currently pending across the United States. Johnson was a groundskeeper who sprayed as much as 150 gallons of the pesticide per day for about 20 to 30 days a year. Johnson continued to spray the…

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