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Old 08-10-2018, 08:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Monsanto loses cancer trial

Jurors give $289 million to a man they say got cancer from Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller

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(CNN)In a monumental case against agricultural giant Monsanto, a jury has awarded $289 million in damages to a former school groundskeeper who said he got terminal cancer from the weedkiller Roundup.

Dewayne Johnson was seeking about $400 million in punitive damages and $39 million in compensatory damages from Monsanto, his attorney Timothy Litzenburg said.

Johnson's victory Friday could set a massive precedent for thousands of other cases against Monsanto.
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Johnson, 46, applied Roundup weedkiller 20 to 30 times per year while working as a groundskeeper for a school district near San Francisco, his attorneys said. He testified that during his work, he had two accidents in which he was doused with the product. The first accident happened in 2012.

Two years later, in 2014, he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. On bad days, Johnson is too crippled to speak. Lesions have covered as much as 80% of his body.
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