Monsanto Slammed With $289 Million Verdict In Historic 'RoundUp' Cancer Lawsuit

A San Francisco Jury awarded $289 million in damages to a former school groundskeeper, Dewayne Johnson, who said Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller gave him terminal cancer. The award consists of $40 million in compensatory damages and $250 million in punitive damages. 

Johnson's trial was fast-tracked due to the severe state of his non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph system he says was triggered by Roundup and Ranger Pro, a similar glyphosate herbicide that he applied up to 30 times per year. His doctors didn't think he'd live to live to see the verdict. 

Johnson testified that he had been involved in two accidents during his work in which he was doused with the product, the first of which happened in 2012. Two years later, the 46-year-old father of two was diagnosed with lymphoma - which has covered as much as 80% of his body in lesions. 

Monsanto says it will appeal the verdict. 

“Today’s decision does not change the fact that more than 800 scientific studies and reviews -- and conclusions by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. National Institutes of Health and regulatory authorities around the world -- support the fact that glyphosate does not cause cancer, and did not cause Mr. Johnson’s cancer,” Monsanto Vice President Scott Partridge said in a statement.

Monsanto is a subsidiary of Germany's Bayer AG, which closed on its $66 billion purchase of the agrochemical company in June. 

On Tuesday, Johnson's attorney Brent Wisner urged jurors to hold Monsanto liable and slap them with a verdict that would "actually change the world" - after arguing that Monsanto knew about glyphosate's risks of cancer, but decided to ignore and bury the information. 

According to The Guardian, Johnson is the first person to take Monsanto to trial over allegations that the chemical sold under the Roundup brand is linked to cancer although thousands have made similar legal claims across the United States. This lawsuit focuses on the chemical glyphosate, the world’s most widely used herbicide, which Monsanto began marketing as Roundup in 1974.  The company began by presenting it as a “technological breakthrough” that could kill almost every weed without harming humans or the environment. -SHTFplan.com

In September, 2017 the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concluded that glyphosates were not likely carcinogenic to humans, based on a decades-long assessment. In 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO)'s cancer arm issued an opposite statement - warning that glyphosate was "probably carcinogenic to humans." 

Johnson's case isn't part of the consolidated proceedings in Missouri, Delaware or California state court, where some 2,000 similar cases are pending. It's also separate from a federal multidistrict litigation waiting to be heard by US District Judge Vance Chabria of San Francisco - who allowed hundreds of Roundup lawsuits to proceed to trial after ruling that there was sufficient evidence for a jury to hear the cases despite calling a plaintiff's expert opinions "shaky." 

Documents released in August of 2017 led to questions over Monsanto's efforts to influence the news media and scientific research and revealed internal debate over the safety of its highest-profile product, the weed killer Roundup. 

As the New York Times noted last year, new internal emails, among other things, reveal ethical objections from former employees to "ghost writing" research studies that were pawned off as 'independent' analyses.

The documents underscore the lengths to which the agrochemical company goes to protect its image. Documents show that Henry I. Miller, an academic and a vocal proponent of genetically modified crops, asked Monsanto to draft an article for him that largely mirrored one that appeared under his name on Forbes’s website in 2015. Mr. Miller could not be reached for comment.

A similar issue appeared in academic research. An academic involved in writing research funded by Monsanto, John Acquavella, a former Monsanto employee, appeared to express discomfort with the process, writing in a 2015 email to a Monsanto executive, “I can’t be part of deceptive authorship on a presentation or publication.” He also said of the way the company was trying to present the authorship: “We call that ghost writing and it is unethical.”

The newly disclosed emails also reveal internal discussions which cast some doubt over whether internal scientists actually believed in the company's external messaging that Roundup was, in fact, safe.

“If somebody came to me and said they wanted to test Roundup I know how I would react — with serious concern."

And, here's more:

The documents also show that a debate outside Monsanto about the relative safety of glyphosate and Roundup, which contains other chemicals, was also taking place within the company.

In a 2002 email, a Monsanto executive said, “What I’ve been hearing from you is that this continues to be the case with these studies — Glyphosate is O.K. but the formulated product (and thus the surfactant) does the damage.”

In a 2003 email, a different Monsanto executive tells others, “You cannot say that Roundup is not a carcinogen … we have not done the necessary testing on the formulation to make that statement.”

Not surprisingly, Monsanto's lawyers have argued that the comments above have simply been taken out of context... 

Monsanto said it was outraged by the documents’ release by a law firm involved in the litigation.

“There is a standing confidentiality order that they violated,” said Scott Partridge, vice president of global strategy for Monsanto. He said that while “you can’t unring a bell,” Monsanto would seek penalties on the firm.

“What you’re seeing are some cherry-picked things that can be made to look bad,” Mr. Partridge said. “But the substance and the science are not affected by this.”

Glyphosphate - Roundup's main ingredient, was first approved for use in weed killers in 1974, and has grown to become the world's most popular and widely used herbicide. 

Comments

macholatte Fri, 08/10/2018 - 19:05 Permalink

 

Hopefully, this is the beginning of something very good for planet Earth .... and the lefties never said a word or had anything to do with it ... although Monsanto represents many of the things they claim to hate.

                           Liberalism is a Mental Disorder

                             Facts Don't Matter

 

beemasters tmosley Fri, 08/10/2018 - 19:42 Permalink

Best news ever. It was just a matter of time. Bad news for German Bayer, though who had foolishly bought into the rigged game. Monsanto only survived because they were well-connected (with US politicians and the military); Bayer isn't. And any weak nation who dared to ban Monsanto would have to face some consequences.

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Whoa Dammit Jackprong Fri, 08/10/2018 - 20:31 Permalink

I looked up Belev Candy today because I read about it in a book. It is a Russian apple candy. Other than figuring out that it doesn't look like something I can make at home, I was struck by the photo of Russian apples. Take a look at the link below and you will see what apples are supposed to look like when grown naturally on a tree. Nothing looking like this would ever be sold in one of our supermarkets here, because most people will only buy "perfect" looking fruit, when in reality they are buying American cartoon food.

http://englishrussia.com/2012/11/27/traditionally-russian-apple-candies/

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Adolfsteinbergovitch FireBrander Sat, 08/11/2018 - 03:24 Permalink

This happens just when Monsanto is no longer an American company... Hidden taxes for foreign companies?

Anyway that was a masterful bailout for the previous owners who knew their time was coming and they couldn't do anything against it. Is Bayer now headed by a 28.5 IQ rapefugee or what?

As per the guys who cheer this otherwise well deserved verdict:

When the wise man shows the moon, the idiot looks at his finger.

Congratulations to everyone. You made my day.

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NidStyles Adolfsteinbergovitch Sat, 08/11/2018 - 05:45 Permalink

Don’t recommend that. After what I just saw. It’s a bad idea on your part. She didn’t want to meet face to face that was her choice. 

 

If she wants something from me she knows how to find me. She found me the first time. She found me yesterday. She has the resources and I just drove by where she works within the past few hours. What does she want from me? She gave me that look when I saw her again. Like she wanted me to go into there, but she knows I can’t. 

 

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Overfed SumTing Wong Sat, 08/11/2018 - 14:01 Permalink

Roundup doesn't get sprayed on trees. Dormant oil or sulfur compounds are sprayed on trees during winter, which really helps to reduce apple scab and worms and such. Those products never touch the fruit, or even the buds.

Some growers use (Ortho) Sevin, an insecticide, to cause their trees to self thin their crop. Ick. I thin mine by hand, but I only have seven trees.

Home grown apples are very much better than grocery store apples. Most apples that you buy at the grocery store are from the previous year's harvest and have been sitting in cold storage all winter/spring.

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Save_America1st Whoa Dammit Fri, 08/10/2018 - 20:59 Permalink

If it wasn't for Alex Jones and InfoWars talking about toxic poisons like Glyphosate and Fluoride being added to our drinking water for that last 15+ years, millions of people wouldn't have become aware of it.  If he hadn't been pushing the sales of water filtration systems that filter out 99.999% of that shit from the water millions of people would be much sicker.

Alex Jones wasn't the only one trying to educate the world about that shit, but he created the biggest forum in the world to get the word out so that other researchers and scientists could be on his show to get their information out about Monsanto and how we are all being poisoned by 100's of different chemicals in the air, food, and water.

Does Alex Jones get any fucking credit for that?  No, instead he gets falsely accused of a bunch of bullshit by treasonous psychopaths and sociopaths and then banned.  And now aaaaaaaaaaall those interviews and information that the rest of the world could have obtained and learned about freely on those forums are now gone.  Wiped out.  He wasn't banned for what they lied about him ever saying folks...he was banned for all the TRUTH he has put out there for the past 20 years that they didn't want anyone else to see and listen to.  Plain and fucking simple. 

He was ripping the establishment to pieces and they fucked up by trying to ban him.  Bad move and now he'll be bigger than ever before.  (Inset Star Wars meme here...there could be many!). 

He's the main one folks, like it or not.  He may be hyper and interrupts his guests too much (that's the only thing that ever bothers me, haha), but he has extremely intelligent and knowledgeable guests on all the time for the past 20 years, and only quotes data, research and articles that have already been previously published by others.  He just happened to be "that guy" who reads all that shit and decided to get it out to the rest of the world any way he possibly could to wake us all up. 

It's just like how the scumbags criticize Drudgereport and want to ban the site when Drudge doesn't even write articles or give his opinion on anything.  All he does is aggregate links to stories and information from all over the world, and a lot of times the links are from "lefty" scumbag websites that he links to which still expose the truth or at least "some" truth.

But the psychos can't even handle that kind of exposure.  If it wasn't for Drudge most sites like the Wash Post or NY Slimes would hardly even get any traffic...yet they would still rather ban Drudge than let his site exist so that people can have a wide variety of choices of information all in one location.   

Same for InfoWars.  How prescient was Jones to create two websites nearly 20 years ago called "Prison Planet" and "InfoWars"?????  Are ya kidding me? 

If anyone nailed it with those website names it has been Jones.  He knew the truth about the deep state and all the psycho treasonous corruption decades before most of us did.  And even if many of us knew some of that shit, we still didn't have the foresight and ability to create the biggest truth operation in the world that destroys the lies and corruption of the New/Old World Order and the corruption of governments, corporations, MIC, GMO's, chemtrail spraying, etc. etc. etc. that Jones did.

And people call him fake or a liar????  Well, they aren't people...they're the sheeple who still need to be red pilled.  The rest who try to shut InfoWars down are nothing but psychotic traitors against humanity.

I hope this guy with cancer somehow lives and I hope Alex has him on the show before he dies from the cancer caused by Monsanto's Glyphosate poisoning.

And now ask yourselves if you aren't yet already filtering all your water (even the store bottled water) with a ProPur, Berkey, AlexaPure or similar filter system that strips 100's of chemicals, minerals, bacteria, viruses, and toxic metals from the water....why the fuck aren't you????? 

They aren't expensive these days and they filter thousands of gallons of water before needing to be replaced.  It's cheap and easy.

I triple and sometimes quadruple filter water through my system just to be on the safer side.  Maybe that much filtration isn't needed, but so what....Why the heck not?  It's not like it could hurt it. 

Get you some and be thankful for what Alex Jones has done to wake people up for the past 20 years now.  The dude's only like 42 or 43 now and he knows more shit than all of us put together.  Respect the motherfucker even if he's not your style.  He still did what was needed and what was right.

Have a great weekend and go get you some water filters, bitchez! ;-)

Just sayin'...

okay, rant off.  haha

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poland spring Save_America1st Fri, 08/10/2018 - 22:00 Permalink

Preach on brother.  Thats what I've been saying for a long time for those who even cared to listen.  He was and still is far ahead of his time.  If anyone has seen his documentaries from years and years ago, its like god damn.  I'm glad he continues to expose the Bilderburg group along with other globalists evil designs.  Him along with this site has turned conspiracy theory to conspiracy fact.

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Save_America1st poland spring Fri, 08/10/2018 - 22:40 Permalink

Hey thanks man...much appreciated!   I'm glad the first reply wasn't a hater.  haha 

Unfortunately ZH has gotten well known or big enough now that it's been infiltrated w/ a lot of fucktards that have driven out a lot of great commentors and kinda ruined the fun conversation we used to have.  I rarely comment anymore either these days over the past couple years or so. 

But as bad as things have gotten now I also believe things needed to get this bad in order to get corrected.  Kinda like a drug addict hitting rock bottom but pulling out of it without dying. 

I think some serious "corrections" (double meaning there) are coming to some seriously nasty treasonous criminals sometime soon enough.  I think we have to just keep being patient, trust the plan (as they say...Q reference there) and be diligent in informing those who aren't quite up to speed yet...be supportive of the good guys and be the good guys/gals in our own circles.  Set the good example to wake the sheeple up, etc. 

If this all goes as we hope and Trump (and friends) really do take down the cabal along with all the other nasty creatures involved in this world-wide treason, then the rest of us have to set the example for the "unawake" by not rubbing it in.  Take the high road and keep being the civil and mature examples for the rest of them. 

Gotta just be the bigger persons and bring them up to speed without making them feel stomped on or stupid for being so disillusioned by all the brainwashing they fell victim to.  Won't be able to "save" a lot of them, no doubt about that.  Most won't really "get it" for a while so we have to keep being the big brothers and sisters and help "heal" these people with their "wounded" minds/beliefs/ideologies, etc.  They are wounded...they've been damaged.  They will need our help. 

Those who won't want it and choose to keep fighting and being vicious violent little scumbags...well, fuck 'em.  They can sink or swim.  But many others in our circles of friends, family, co-workers, children, even strangers or those who are of a different race/color, etc. who have been victimized badly and brain fucked for many many years by all these lies will need our help to get "normalized". 

I truly believe that will be one of the biggest things that will make a long lasting difference if things go the way we hope and the cabal gets crushed.  If Trump (and friends) can take these assholes down completely then a whole lot of disturbing truths will come out that will blow most people's minds away and many won't be able to handle it.  I think many of us who already get it and are prepared for it will be instrumental in helping a lot of those people out. 

I'm sick and tired of the division and fighting between groups that this evil cabal of traitors has caused this entire planet.  I hope they're all destroyed within the rest of my lifetime so I can see it and help it get better.

And in his own fuckin' way...that's all Alex Jones has been trying to do for us all too.  Sure helped wake me up to many things over all these many years and I very sincerely appreciate it big time. 

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VisionQuest Save_America1st Sat, 08/11/2018 - 09:30 Permalink

Trust the plan? I believe you might be right. Jeff Sessions is a big player in what's coming: https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/03/sessions_makes_his_move.ht…

FTA: "Back in 2011, the indomitable Peter Schweizer published Throw Them All Out, a detailed examination of political corruption as it is actually practiced in the halls of Congress.

"In his investigation, Schweizer found one single member of Congress against whom no allegations could be held – who had never taken a dime that was not his, had never cut any backroom deals, had never, simply put, played the game.

"That individual was Jeff Sessions.

"That fact is all you need to know to understand why Donald Trump selected Sessions for the Department of Justice, and why Sessions has followed the course he has in taking on the "Russia collusion" coup effort."

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In regard to Roundup's lethal characteristics, I've been using the stuff in a backpack sprayer 3 times a growing season for 20 years without incident. Anyway, aren't cancers more genetically caused? I know being exposed to radiation will likely result in cancerous malignancies but Roundup getting busted for the big bucks in the Fecal Streets of San Francisco sounds like a Lefty put-up job. Why didn't they try the case down in Corcoran? They would have gotten a jury there that would know something about the "dangers" of Roundup. Luddite Lefties want to return life on earth to the stone age.

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Michigander Save_America1st Sat, 08/11/2018 - 09:58 Permalink

No one realizes how poisoned even municipal water supplies are. Every medication gets filtered by your kidneys and winds up in the municipal water supply.

2 years ago, Hexavalent Chrome showed up on our water report.

Last year, Strontium appeared on the municipal water quality report. Then there's the thing they don't test for like...

Glyphosate

Blood pressure medications

Estrogens

Statins

I have a whole house water filter that removes sediments, pharmacologicals, radiologicals, and flouride. I installed a RO system at my office for coffee. I refuse to drink bottled water. I take mine with me. I brew my own iced teas, make my own lemonades.

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ImGumbydmmt beemasters Sat, 08/11/2018 - 01:48 Permalink

Yes .

Also agreed about soaking the ground surrounding hte plant you want to remove as a method to get all of the root.

i starting doing this with Walnut trees seedlings i was finding. we want the walnut tress, just not where they landed. digging well around the plan and soaking it excessively lets on get the whole tap root without breaking it and killing the little tree.  so far 4 transplants have survived doing this, and it works great on pervasive weeds. poison oak is the worst. if you don't get it all, where ever it breaks off just becomes more plants.

 

Agreed about not needing a gym if you are really gardening, We been calling it P-90 Farmer X

 

 

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east of eden SickDollar Sat, 08/11/2018 - 08:33 Permalink

When researching a cure for a medical problem I once had, I stumbled across the element Molybdenum. Now Molybdenum, is a so called 'master mineral', in the same way the vitamin B-6 is a master vitamin.

It turns out however, that the only soils that contain sufficient molybdenum are found close to volcanic areas and peaty bogs, which comprise only a small part of global land under agricultural development.

Anyhow, it turns out that most food grown today is extremely low in molybdenum (optimal levels for the best plant growth and natural protection from pests and predators is 3.5 to 5 PPM, and can even be run as high as 7.5 ppm when adjusting the soil levels. Most agricultural soil contains less than 1.5 ppm). 

So, if farmers (the American corn farmers have already discovered Molybdenum and found that they can increase yields by 35% simply by having the correct amount of molybdenum in the soils), simply adjusted their molybdenum content, they would not have to worry about adding all kinds of poisons to food because the molybdenum acts as a natural pest and parasite killer, and has the added benefit of improving the overall health of people who eat produce grown in soils that have sufficient amount of the mineral.

It's time we started really thinking about the best way of doing things, not the most expedient way.

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