Monsanto: ‘The jury got it wrong’ in cancer lawsuit

After a jury awarded a man $289 million in damages for cancer he says Monsanto caused, the pesticide company is pushing back on the narrative that its products endanger public health.

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Monsanto may have lost in a California courtroom, but it’s still arguing in the court of public opinion.

The company, which manufactures pesticides such as RoundUp, is facing tough questions after a jury awarded damages to a man who says its products gave him cancer.

CNN reported:

San Francisco jurors just ruled that Roundup, the most popular weedkiller in the world, gave a former school groundskeeper terminal cancer.

So they awarded him $289 million in damages — mostly to punish the agricultural company Monsanto.

Dewayne Johnson’s victory Friday could set a massive precedent for thousands of other cases claiming Monsanto’s famous herbicide causes non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Johnson’s case was the first to go to trial because doctors said he was near death. And in California, dying plaintiffs can be granted expedited trials.

The company faces more trials involving other plaintiffs.

CNN continued:

Since then, hundreds more plaintiffs — including cancer patients, their spouses or their estates — have also sued Monsanto, making similar claims.

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