Jurors Award Cancer Patient $289 Million In Monsanto Trial
In what’s sure to turn out to be one of the largest and most controversial cases of the century, Jurors have awarded a man they believe got cancer from Monsanto $289 million dollars.
Dewayne Johnson asked for $400 million in punitive damages plus an additional $39 million for compensatory damages.
Johnson’s landmark decision could mean trouble for Monsanto, a company currently battling hundreds of other similar claims. CNN is reporting that 800 other patients have filed similar claims.
Johnson’s case took precedent over others because doctors said he was near death. The state of California allows dying patients a fast track to trials.
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Johnson was a groundkeeper at a San Fransisco school district. He is said to have used Monsanto’s weed killer almost 30 times per year. He claims that two accidents caused him to be “doused” in the company’s weed killer.
After 2012, he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Lesions cover over 3/4 of his body and he was often too weak to speak.
For Monsanto, the concern is hardly the $289 million, but rather, the 800 to 4,000 estimated claims that await them fresh off the heels of a case which might serve as a judicial precedent.
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.