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Punitive Damages Against Monsanto's Roundup Herbicide Can Serve as a Warning to Consumers to Avoid the Product

Federal and state government agencies are often incapable of acting quickly and forcefully enough to alert the public of a potential health hazard

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - A California judge decided that Monsanto does not need to label Roundup herbicide as cancer-causing because to do so could be misleading and confusing to consumers. The judge determined that scientists have not demonstrated a clear connection between glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup herbicide, and cases of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a rare and deadly form of cancer. In a recent trial that found Monsanto guilty of misleading consumers as to glyphosate's link to human gut bacterial diseases, jurors asked the judge if he could force the company to place a warning label on Roundup. The judge responded that such an order is beyond the scope of his authority.

Warning labels may not be necessary to get the word out, however, as a trial currently underway may generate enough adverse publicity against Monsanto to put Roundup herbicide out of business.

The jury is currently in deliberations in the trial that pits agro-chemical giant Monsanto against a frail, cancer-riddled California school maintenance worker named DeWayne Johnson. Johnson's body is covered in cancerous lesions as, according to Johnson, a result of his skin coming into contact with the Roundup herbicide he sprayed regularly at work. Since Monsanto failed to warn Johnson of the cancer-risks of high dosages of glyphosate, Johnson didn't think to wear waterproof protective clothing and would often come home "drenched" in the poison. Johnson's attorneys have presented scientific evidence that shows glyphosate may lead to cancer by accumulating and causing irritation on the skin.

Monsanto attorneys counter Johnson by stating that not a single scientific study or US scientist has been able to prove a link that conclusively ties glyphosate to cancer in humans. The defense also has said that glyphosate is so safe that they would be comfortable "drinking an entire bottle of the stuff." Monsanto lawyers representing Roundup cancer lawsuits continue to file claims against Monsanto for covering up the obvious according to scientific study and proof that Roundup can cause cancer.

Punitive damages in the hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars can draw so much media attention that they do the work that government agencies cannot, that being to warn consumers of the dangers of a particular product or chemical. Johnson & Johnson was asked to pay 22 women suffering from ovarian cancer the whopping sum of $5.69 billion for causing the women's cancer. DeWayne Johnson's attorneys rested their case by asking jurors to award their client the sum of $400 million dollars. Monsanto was recently acquired by Bayer Inc. for $62 million.

An interesting note is whether or not jurors will hold Monsanto to a higher standard because of the size and scope of Monsanto's reach. Jurors may want to err on the side of caution. Glyphosate is used in ever-increasing quantities in nearly every country on earth and sprayed on virtually every food crop. If glyphosate is in fact found to be cancer-causing hundred of millions of lives could have already been affected. Jurors may well look past an questionable or borderline science and hold Monsanto accountable for the good of the planet.

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