Jury orders Monsanto to pay $289 million to cancer patient

A San Francisco jury ordered St. Louis-based Monsanto to pay $289 million in damages to a man who says he got terminal cancer by using the company’s popular herbicide Roundup.

Dewayne Johnson, 46, is a school groundskeeper in California. After using Roundup up to 30 times each year, which he said his job required him to do, Johnson was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Doctors testified that he is not expected to live past 2020.

The jury said his diagnosis was due in part to his use of Roundup, which contains the chemical glyphosate.

Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against Monsanto and Roundup alleging that the product causes cancer. Monsanto disputes those claims.

A 2015 report from the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer concluded glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic.” And last month, California added glyphosate to the list of chemicals known to cause cancer.

Read more: St. Louis Business Journal

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