A jury on Friday awarded $289 million to Dewayne Johnson, a man who sued agribusiness giant Monsanto alleging their Roundup herbicide product caused his non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Johnson, a former school groundskeeper, is the first to go to trial with this claim, but his case is one of thousands alleging a link between Roundup and cancer. "I'm glad to be here to be able to help in a cause that's way bigger than me," Johnson said. He thanked the jurors, his lawyers, and his family "from the bottom of my heart."
Monsanto says it will appeal the decision, maintaining Roundup's active ingredient, glyphosate, does not cause cancer. The judge in Johnson's case disagreed. Bonnie Kristian