Jurors urge judge not to overturn $289 million Monsanto verdict

Jurors who found that Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer contributed to a groundskeeper’s cancer are urging the judge in the case not to throw out most of their $289 million award for the plaintiff.

Judge Suzanne Bolanos indicated last week that she is considering throwing out $250 million in punitive damages awarded to the groundskeeper, DeWayne Johnson, and that she’s considering reducing the remaining total.

Jurors have written asking the judge to respect their dedication to the trial, and saying a decision to overturn their verdict would hurt their confidence in the judicial system.

Monsanto, the Creve Coeur-based agribusiness company now owned by German conglomerate Bayer, has asked the judge to override the jury’s verdict and either rule in the company’s favor or order a new trial.

Johnson, a groundskeeper at a school in the San Francisco area, used Roundup and a similar product in his job, according to attorneys. He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2014.

His lawsuit is among hundreds alleging that Roundup caused cancer, but it’s the first to go to trial.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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