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.
Glysophate And The Link To Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
In 2014, Johnson was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and his trial was expedited due to the severity of his cancer. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a cancer that begins in white blood cells and occurs when the body produces too many abnormal lymphocytes, a type of white blood cells.
Johnson’s lawsuit was the first to go to trial, alleging that glyphosate-based weedkillers cause cancer. Thousands of similar lawsuits are awaiting trial in the United States at this time.