For Immediate Release
Consumer Group Responds to $289 Million Ruling Against Agricultural Giant Monsanto
WASHINGTON - Last Friday, a San Francisco jury awarded Dewayne Johnson, a former school groundskeeper, $289 million in a lawsuit against agricultural giant Monsanto after Johnson was diagnosed with a terminal illness after his exposure to toxic herbicides featured in Monsanto’s popular weed killing product, Roundup. Johnson's is the first of hundreds of cancer-patient cases against Monsanto.
Monsanto Vice President Scott Partridge said in a statement that Monsanto will appeal the decision "and continue to vigorously defend this product…” In response, David Norton, Lead Digital Strategist at SumOfUs, an international consumer group, said the following:
“Over the past several years, our organization has worked to spread awareness about the dangers of chemicals like glyphosate. Despite the fact that Monsanto has consistently denied that glyphosate-based herbicides cause cancer, the multitude of stories like Dewayne Johnson’s suggest the exact opposite.
“We congratulate Johnson’s legal team for a case well fought and send our utmost support to Dewayne Johnson and his family during this difficult time.”
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