A California jury on Friday ordered Monsanto to award $289 million in damages to a former school groundskeeper who claims the company’s weed killer, Roundup, gave him terminal cancer. The decision, which Monsanto has said it will appeal, could open the floodgates for thousands of other pending lawsuits claiming the herbicide causes non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Here’s what happened: A jury in the San Francisco Superior Court sided with claims made by DeWayne “Lee” Johnson that years of working with Roundup and Ranger Pro, both made by Monsanto, gave him terminal cancer. They awarded him $289 million in damages — $39 million in compensatory damages, the rest in punitive damages…
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