Calling Monsanto’s efforts to hide the alleged carcinogenicity of its Roundup weed killer “reprehensible,” attorneys for a school groundskeeper dying of cancer urged a San Francisco judge …. to keep intact a $289 million jury verdict for their client.
Curtis Hoke, an attorney with The Miller Firm who represents Dewayne Johnson, argued in court filings [October 1] that “…. an independent assessment by a remarkable jury …. unanimously found ample evidence that plaintiff proved all elements of his case.”
Monsanto, which German pharmaceutical giant Bayer bought this year for $63 billion, accused another of Johnson’s attorneys of manipulating the jury into awarding excessive damages, despite a purported lack of scientific evidence that Roundup caused his cancer.
That attorney, Brent Wisner …. compared Monsanto with tobacco companies, asked the jury to visualize unscrupulous Monsanto executives toasting a small damages award with Champagne, and implored them to “change the world” by awarding punitive damages to deter unethical conduct by Monsanto.
Monsanto tried to show that Roundup could not have triggered Johnson’s …. non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma because cancer takes nearly three years to develop, and Johnson used Roundup for just one summer …. before developing symptoms.
“While we are sympathetic to Mr. Johnson and his family, glyphosate is not responsible for his illness, and the verdict in this case should be reversed or set aside,” Bayer said in an emailed statement.
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