Landmark Roundup Verdict Upheld, But Reduced to $78 Million
A California Judge has denied Monsanto’s request for a new trial, and instead reduced the verdict from $289 Million to $78 Million.
San Francisco County Superior Court Judge Suzanne Bolanos reduced the punitive part of the damages, from $250 Million to $39 Million. Bolanos originally stated that she would wipe out the entire $250 Million judgment. However, she ruled that the jury was reasonable to rule that Monsanto acted with malice, and continued to market and sell their dangerous Roundup product without warning.
Back in August, a jury in California found that part of Plaintiff DeWayne Johnson’s non-Hodgkin lymphoma was caused by glyphosate. Glyphosate is the main ingredient in Roundup. Dewayne Johnson was a former school groundskeeper, who applied Roundup weedkiller around 20-30 times a year while working for a school district close to San Francisco. During this time, he was soaked with the product into two separate accidents.