A jury in California has ordered Monsanto to pay $289 million in damages to a school groundskeeper who developed cancer after regularly using the Roundup weed killer. The 46-year-old man, Dewayne Johnson, has non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Doctors say he is unlikely to live past 2020. Judge Suzanne Ramos Bolanos read the jury’s verdict.
Judge Suzanne Ramos Bolanos: “Was the Roundup Pro or Ranger Pro design a substantial factor in causing harm to Mr. Johnson? Answer: Yes.”
Monsanto faces more than 5,000 similar lawsuits around the country involving Roundup and other weed killers containing glyphosate.