Jury Finds That Monsanto Weedkiller Roundup Caused Groundsman’s Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and Awards $289 Million

Attention farmers, groundskeepers, landscapers, and others with significant exposure to Roundup and who have been diagnosed with cancer such as non-Hodgkins lymphoma, myeloma, or leukemia – a jury has just found Monsanto liable for causing a groundsman’s cancer.

To speak with an attorney regarding your particular situation, please contact our firm to obtain your free Monsanto Roundup case review – fill out the form on the right, or email us at info@safirsteinmetcalf.com, or call us at 1-800-221-0015.

Checklist of Qualifying Criteria:

  • Have you been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (other forms of cancers possible)?
  • If so, when?
  • Have you used Roundup at least 1 year prior to diagnosis?
  • How long were you exposed to Roundup?
  • Were you exposed to Roundup at work or at home?
  • If exposure to Roundup at work, what type of work?

Roundup Weed Killer is an herbicide developed in the 1970s by the Monsanto Company that contains the active ingredient glyphosate. Roundup Weed Killer was initially developed for small-scale use and became widely available for homeowners, gardeners, and small-scale farmers. With the advent of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the 1990s, which allowed farmers to apply the weed killer to entire fields without destroying crops, Roundup’s use increased rapidly, and it’s used widely today in agricultural, industrial, and residential settings.

In recent years, Monsanto has become the subject of thousands of Roundup lawsuits due to the claim that its active ingredient (glyphosate) causes cancer, including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Plaintiffs are seeking compensation claim to cover medical costs and other expenses related to their cancer diagnosis.

There is some scientific evidence showing a potential link to cancer from exposure to Roundup Weed Killer’s active ingredient glyphosate. A recent study into the effects of glyphosate showed a potential link with cancer, as well as liver and kidney damage. Severe cases of liver or kidney damage can disrupt the body’s endocrine system, which regulates hormones. This disruption increases the risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Due to limited regulation of research on glyphosate in the U.S., data is limited. However, a 2003 American study of more than 3,400 farmworkers from the Midwest found higher rates of non-Hodgkin lymphoma associated with glyphosate.

 

August 10, 2018

Groundsman, 46, is awarded $289M by jury in historic trial that ruled weedkiller Roundup DID cause his terminal lymphoma – and company ‘acted with fraud and malice’ by claiming it was harmless

  • On Friday afternoon, jurors found Monsanto liable in a case over whether Roundup weedkiller caused a groundsman’s cancer 
  • Dewayne Johnson, 46, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2014
  • Jurors have awarded Johnson $250 million in punitive damages, plus nearly $40 million in compensatory damages, bringing the total to $289 million
  • He worked a school groundskeeper in California and claimed he sprayed hundreds of gallons of weed killer Roundup per day
  • A chemical called glyphosate is the main ingredient and has been listed by the World Health Organization and California as cancerous 
  • Monsanto said it will appeal the verdict and more than 800 studies prove Roundup doesn’t cause cancer 
  • The liable verdict means the case could open the door to hundreds of additional lawsuits against the company 

After three days of deliberations, jurors on Friday sided with terminally-ill groundsman Dewayne Johnson, 46, who has just weeks to live, awarding him $250 million in punitive damages, plus nearly $40 million in compensatory damages, bringing the total to $289 million.

Specifically, in eight weeks of proceedings, the jury was left convinced that Monsanto’s product caused Johnson’s cancer.

They also found Monsanto ‘acted with malice, oppression or fraud and should be punished for its conduct,’ Judge Suzanne Ramos Bolanos announced in court in San Francisco.

The groundskeeper, who worked for years in Benicia, California, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma – a cancer that starts in the white bloods cells – in August 2014. He mixed and sprayed hundreds of gallons of Roundup to keep grass and weeds under control.

The liable verdict means the case could open the door to hundreds of additional lawsuits against the company recently acquired by German-based pharmaceutical and chemical group Bayer.

They also found Monsanto ‘acted with malice, oppression or fraud and should be punished for its conduct’ towards Johnson (pictured with one of his lawyers on Friday)

The first-of-its-kind verdict was delayed as jurors spent hours analyzing the timeline of Johnson’s symptoms, the validity of his expert witness’s testimony, and the discrepancies between Monsanto’s medical findings and that of their critics.

Reacting to the verdict, co-lead trial counsel Brent Wisner said it was a result of newly-revealed, confidential company documents.

‘We were finally able to show the jury the secret, internal Monsanto documents proving that Monsanto has known for decades that glyphosate and specifically Roundup could cause cancer,’ Wisner said.

‘Despite the Environmental Protection Agency’s failure to require labeling, we are proud that an independent jury followed the evidence and used its voice to send a message to Monsanto that its years of deception regarding Roundup is over and that they should put consumer safety first over profits.’

Ken Cook, president of the Environmental Working Group, said it was a victory for all workers.

‘Monsanto made Roundup the oxycontin of pesticides and now the addiction and damage they caused have come home to roost,’ he said. ‘This won’t cure DeWayne Lee Johnson’s cancer, but it will send a strong message to a renegade company.’

The father-of-two testified on the stand that he would have ‘never’ sprayed Ranger-Pro if he knew it would cause harm.

‘I would’ve never sprayed that product on school grounds or around people if I knew it would cause them harm,’ he said on the stand, according to Courthouse News reporter Helen Christophi.

‘It’s unethical, it’s wrong. I have children who go to school. People I don’t deserve that. They deserve better.’