Agrochemical giant Monsanto has been ordered by a California court to pay $289mn compensation to a former pest control manager.
After three days of deliberations, on Friday, the jury at San Francisco’s Superior Court found Monsanto liable in the case of Dewayne Johnson, 46.
Jurors said the company had failed to warn Johnson, as well as other consumers, of the cancer risks posed by its weed killers.
Johnson applied Monsanto weed killers Roundup and Ranger Pro up to 30 times per year.
Johnson’s doctors said he is unlikely to live past 2020.
Johnson’s lawyer, Brent Wisner, said jurors had seen internal company papers “proving that Monsanto has known for decades that glyphosate and specifically Roundup could cause cancer.” He called on Monsanto to “put consumer safety first over profits.”
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Monsanto’s German owners rejected the court’s ruling and vowed to appeal. They insisted that their top selling…