The first trial, claiming that Monsanto’s roundup causes cancer goes to the jury

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    Proceedings in which the school gardener claimed that his use of roundup monsanto herbicide caused his cancer will go to California jury after lawyers for both sides presented their Closing arguments on Tuesday.
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Proceedings in which the school gardener claimed that his use of roundup monsanto herbicide caused his cancer will go to California jury after lawyers for both sides presented their Closing arguments on Tuesday.

The gardener and now Johnson is one of the more than 5,000 plaintiffs throughout the United States who claim Monsanto’s glyphosate-containing herbicides, including the widely used roundup to cause cancer. His case, first to go to trial began in the Supreme Court of San Francisco in California four weeks ago.

Attorney Johnson Brent Wisner on Tuesday urged jurors to hold Monsanto responsible and to punish their verdict, said he was “really change the world.” Wiesner said Monsanto knew about the risk of cancer glyphosate, but decided to bury information.

Monsanto, a division of Bayer AG after the acquisition of the German company $62.5 billion, denies the allegations and claims expert opinion on which Johnson and others rely does not satisfy any scientific or legal requirements.

“Received a message from 40 years of research is clear: this cancer is not caused by glyphosate,” Monsanto attorney George Lombardi said, according to an online broadcast of the trial via the network to view the courtroom.

Protection Agency United States environmental in September 2017, signed a multi-year risk assessment of glyphosate and found the chemical is probably not carcinogenic to humans. The world health organization’s cancer arm in 2015, glyphosate is classified as “possibly carcinogenic to humans”.

If he finds Monsanto liable, the jury decided to award punitive damages of more than $39 million in damages Johnson demanded. The jury is expected to begin discussion Wednesday.

The case of Johnson, filed in 2016, was fast-tracked to the court due to the serious condition of his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system, which he claims was caused by roundup and Ranger about another Monsanto herbicide glyphosate. Doctors Johnson said he is unlikely to survive until 2020.

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Former Manager of pest control for the school system district of California Johnson, 46, has applied weed killer to 30 times a year.

His case is not part of the production of the United in Missouri, Delaware or California court, where in most cases Monsanto are pending. It is also separate from the consolidated Federal multidistrict litigation is pending before U.S. District judge Vince Chhabria in San Francisco.

Chhabria in July allowed the roundup hundreds of lawsuits to go to trial, finding there was sufficient evidence for the jury to hear the cases, despite calling the expert opinions of the plaintiff “shaky.”

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