Monsanto ordered to pay $ 289 million cancer-affected American
The California jury granted Dwayne Johnson's claim for compensation for damage from cancer, which, according to the plaintiff, was caused by the weed killer Monsanto.
The company, which recently absorbed the German Bayer, will have to pay the victim $ 289 million.
Johnson managed to convince the jury that the anti-weed agent Roundup, containing glyphosate, triggered the appearance of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Doctors believe that he will live at best until 2020.
In total, more than 5,000 similar suits have been filed with the US manufacturer of fertilizers and Monsanto seeds. Representatives of the company in court argued that "more than 800 scientific studies confirm: glyphosate does not cause cancer" and a jury can not influence this fact.
Monsanto is also known as the manufacturer of the Orange agent, which was used by Americans during the Vietnam War to destroy the forest and caused irreversible effects on the health of the people affected by it.
Despite such reputational risks, after long negotiations Monsanto this year was purchased by the German pharmaceutical company Bayer. The deal amounted to $ 66 billion.