California Court Orders Monsanto to Pay Cancer Patient $289 Million in Damages

  • In a landmark verdict, a Californian jury ordered chemical giant Monsanto to pay damages worth $289 Million to a person named Dewayne Johnson, who claimed his cancer was caused by herbicides containing glyphosate. The jury said in the ruling that Monsanto knew their Roundup and RangerPro weed killers were dangerous but didn’t warn the consumers about them. Vice President of Monsanto, Scott Partridge, said: “The jury got it wrong”. Reports say Monsanto is likely to appeal against the ruling. The claimant Dewayne Johnson (who was a groundskeeper at a Californian school in Benicia) used RangerPro on a regular basis at school ground and was diagnosed in 2014 with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The ruling conforms with WHO’s cancer agency’s (International Agency for Research on Cancer) conclusion in 2015 that glyphosate was "probably carcinogenic to humans".