November 30, 2018

Case Law Update

Sarah J. Cinquemani

Monsanto Roundup Litigation Changes Course

On August 10, 2018, a San Francisco jury awarded $289 million to Dewayne Johnson, a groundskeeper who is dying of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Johnson sued Monsanto, the maker of the weed killer Roundup claiming that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, caused his cancer. The jury awarded Johnson $39 million in compensatory damages and $250 million in punitive damages, totaling an unprecedented award of $289 million.

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