On August 15, 2018, a California jury awarded Dewayne Johnson $289 million in damages from Monsanto. Monsanto is the maker of the weed killer called Roundup. The jury agreed with the plaintiff and his attorneys. They ruled that there was ample evidence that exposure to the active ingredient in Roundup called glyphosate at least partially caused Johnson’s cancer. The award included $39 million for Johnson’s damages and $250 million more as punitive damages to punish the Monsanto Company. Roundup is the most popular weed killer in the world.
Before getting ill from cancer, Johnson worked for many years as a school’s groundskeeper. In this work, he had constant exposure to this chemical. He applied Roundup® at least 30 times each year as part of his job responsibilities. This work made him mix and be exposed to thousands of gallons of the chemical. Johnson is 46 years old. He was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. His doctors predict that he will probably die before the end of 2020 from this terminal cancer.
The media attention for this Roundup lawsuit caused a landslide of new lawsuits. By the end of August 2018, Monsanto faced over 8,000 other product-liability lawsuits about damages claimed to have been caused by exposure to glyphosate.
Monsanto appealed the jury’s decision in the Johnson case. Monsanto claims there is no scientific evidence showing glyphosate is a cancer-causing agent. For proof, the Monsanto attorneys are relying upon the 40-year history of the use of glyphosate. The company considers it safe. There are more than 800 scientific studies that support the company’s conclusion.
However, detractors claim that new evidence shows that glyphosate causes cancer. They furthermore claim that the Monsanto Company knows this fact and spent many years trying to hide the information about the risk from the public.
On Oct. 10, 2018, under case appeal, Monsanto got a reduced judgment. A California Superior Court judge ordered a new trial for the Johnson case unless Johnson accepts a lower award of $39 million. The $250 million in punitive damages was removed. The case is still pending as of December 2018.
Adverse reactions from exposure to glyphosate may include:
- Allergic Reactions
- Cancer, such as Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- Mental Illness
- Morbid Obesity and other serious long-term chronic conditions.
Monsanto is a huge company that is owned by Bayer. They know that they now risk legal exposure to potentially billions of dollars in damages from the product liability lawsuits about Roundup®. Monsanto is bringing in an army of lawyers to defend the company’s position. Anyone who has been seriously harmed by using this product needs to be represented by competent legal counsel as the courts consider the legal claims.
If you have been diagnosed with any of the related illnesses or others that you believe to have been caused by exposure to Roundup, it is important to contact an attorney at Saunders & Walker right away. Call (727) 579-4500 or send a message. In this way, you can preserve your rights with a Roundup lawsuit for your case.
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