Jolt for Mon­santo in Roundup case

India Business Journal - - GLOBAL WRAP-UP -

Mon­santo suf­fered a ma­jor blow last month af­ter a jury ruled that the com­pany was li­able for a ter­mi­nally-ill man's can­cer, award­ing him

$289 mil­lion in dam­ages. De­wayne John­son, a 46-year-old former groundskeeper, won a huge vic­tory in the land­mark case, with the jury de­ter­min­ing that Mon­santo's Roundup weed­killer had caused his can­cer and that the cor­po­ra­tion failed to warn him of the health hazards from ex­po­sure. The jury fur­ther found that Mon­santo had "acted with mal­ice or op­pres­sion". Mr John­son's lawyers ar­gued that Mon­santo had tar­geted aca­demics who spoke up about pos­si­ble health risks of the her­bi­cide prod­uct.

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