The case involved Dewayne Johnson, 46, who as a groundskeeper for a school district near San Francisco, had applied Roundup about 20 to 30 times per year.
At the heart of the case were allegations that the main ingredient in Roundup – glyphosate – can cause cancer and also that the herbicide’s maker, Monsanto, failed to warn consumers about the weed killer’s risks. The federal court jury in San Francisco agreed with the plaintiff on both of those points on Aug. 10, awarding Johnson $39 million in compensatory damages and also smacking Monsanto with an additional $250 million in punitive damages.
Johnson’s was the first such case involving Roundup to go to trial. But it won’t be the last.
Monsanto is facing hundreds of other cases involving similar claims in courts across the nation.
Ross Feller Casey, among the nation’s top personal injury law firms, is representing more than two dozen people from across the U.S. in litigation against Monsanto involving allegations that its weed killer, Roundup, caused cancer.