Monsanto Nears $250M Slash Of Landmark Roundup Verdict

Law360, San Francisco (October 10, 2018, 11:00 PM EDT) -- A California judge seemed poised Wednesday to throw out a jury's $250 million award for punitive damages against Monsanto, finding in a tentative ruling that the plaintiff — a groundskeeper who alleged Roundup weedkiller caused his lymphoma — hadn't proved any malicious intent by the agrochemical giant.

Superior Court Judge Suzanne Bolanos said she would likely find in favor of Monsanto, by either nixing the jury's award or granting a new trial on the punitive damages that made up the bulk of the $289 million won by retired groundskeeper DeWayne "Lee" Johnson in August, after the jury found Monsanto's herbicides were a...

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