(CNN) In a groundbreaking case against agricultural giant Monsanto, a jury has awarded $250 million in punitive damages and nearly $40 million in compensatory damages to a former school groundskeeper who said he got terminal cancer from the weedkiller Roundup.
Dewayne Johnson was seeking about $400 million in punitive damages and $39 million in compensatory damages from Monsanto, his attorney Timothy Litzenburg said.
Jury rules Monsanto ‘Roundup’ weed killer product was “substantial factor” in causing harm to groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson, who has terminal cancer; awards more than $250,000,000 in damages. https://t.co/LJ2CLGvf9n pic.twitter.com/yFAEsnVw87
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— Melanie Woodrow (@MelanieWoodrow) August 10, 2018
A San Francisco jury has found in favor of a school groundskeeper dying of cancer whose lawyers argued that a weed killer made by the agribusiness giant Monsanto likely caused his disease. https://t.co/0V7EEux36N
— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) August 10, 2018