Aug 13, 2018Jury awards cancer patient $289M in Monsanto case
A San Francisco jury on Friday handed down a $289 million judgment to a former school groundskeeper who had sued Monsanto, national media reported.
Monsanto Vice President Scott Partridge issued a written statement after judgment:
“We are sympathetic to Mr. Johnson and his family. Today’s decision does not change the fact that more than 800 scientific studies and reviews – and conclusions by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. National Institutes of Health and regulatory authorities around the world – support the fact that glyphosate does not cause cancer, and did not cause Mr. Johnson’s cancer. We will appeal this decision and continue to vigorously defend this product, which has a 40-year history of safe use and continues to be a vital, effective, and safe tool for farmers and others.”
Thousands of similar cases against Monsanto have been filed in other states, lawyers told national media.