Britons safe to use weedkiller, Monsanto insists after £226m cancer lawsuit loss

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Britons safe to use weedkiller, Monsanto insists after £226m cancer lawsuit loss

Homebase is reviewing its range of weedkiller products after a man with terminal cancer successfully sued a manufacturer in the US, Sky News can reveal. He argued in court that years of using Roundup led him to being diagnosed with cancer in 2014.

In a landmark case, a United States jury found that Monsanto knew its Roundup and RangerPro weedkillers were unsafe and failed to warn consumers.

But Johnson's lawyer Brent Wisner said the verdict "shows the evidence is overwhelming" that the product poses danger. "Hopefully this thing will get the attention it needs".

Observers also say a Monsanto defeat likely opens the door to hundreds of other claims against the company, which was recently acquired by Germany's Bayer.

Dewayne Johnson's case was the first lawsuit to go to trial that alleges the active ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate, causes cancer.

Partridge said that Monsanto had no intention of settling the slew of similar cases in the legal queue, saying if anything the company would work harder to demonstrate the weed killer is safe.

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Monsanto's lawyer, George Lombardi, said non-Hodgkin's lymphoma takes years to develop, so Johnson's cancer must have started before he worked for the district.

As noted by Yahoo, jurors unanimously found that Monsanto acted with "malice", therefore, Johnson was awarded $250 million in punitive damages and about $39 million in compensatory damages.

At one point, when a hose broke, the weedkiller covered his entire body.

Following eight weeks of trial proceedings, the San Francisco jury ordered Monsanto to pay $250m punitive damages, along with compensatory damages and other costs, bringing the total figure to almost $290m.

Monsanto vice-president Scott Partridge told British consumers the firm's product was safe to use.

However, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) insists it is safe when used carefully. But he added that the court decision "does not change the fact that more than 800 scientific studies and reviews. support the fact that glyphosate does not cause cancer, and did not cause Mr Johnson's cancer".

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The latest annual report of Monsanto's India unit states that its brand Roundup maintains market leadership with sales of around Rs 185.66 crore, which is 28 percent of its net sales of Rs 667.44 crore in FY18.Roundup is primarily used in agriculture and places like roadsides, public spaces, railway tracks and gardens.

"We are sympathetic to Mr. Johnson and his family", Partridge said.

Plaintiff DeWayne Johnson has won his case against chemical giant Monsanto.

Dewayne Johnson hugs one of his attorneys after the verdict was read in the case against Monsanto at the Superior Court Of California in San Francisco.

But the France-based International Agency for Research on Cancer, which is part of the World Health Organisation, classed the chemical as a "probable human carcinogen" in 2015.

They said he even once contacted Monsanto after developing a rash, and wasn't told of any risk, the AP reported.

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Monsanto has denied the Roundup causes cancer, but the jury, it seems, disagreed.

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