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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:

“While we applaud the verdict made in support of Dewayne Johnson against Monsanto, it is shocking that it took a man’s terminal illness to garner attention and support surrounding the dangers of herbicides like glyphosate in Monsanto products.

“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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