Groundskeeper Accepts Slashed $78M Roundup Award

Law360 (October 31, 2018, 10:09 PM EDT) -- A school groundskeeper who alleged that Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller caused his lymphoma agreed to a reduced award of $78 million, down from a $289 million jury verdict he won against the agrochemical giant in August, in order to avoid a new trial in the landmark case.

Dewayne "Lee" Johnson told San Francisco County Superior Court Judge Suzanne Bolanos in his Friday filing that he would accept the award based on the court's ruling that if he were to reject the lowered amount, Monsanto's motion for a new trial on punitive damages would be granted.

"The plaintiff accepts the remittitur with the...

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