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Farmers Around the World Should be Watching the Roundup Cancer Case

The San Fransisco Superior Court will soon hear testimony from a man dying of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma who claims Roundup (glyphosate) caused his cancer. This trial is the first of many against Monsanto under claims its widely-used herbicide lead to cancer.
Dewayne Johnson worked for a public-school system in California for two years when he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. During his tenure with the school he used Roundup and other herbicides extensively for landscaping.
Right now, plaintiff and defense attorneys are covering legal requirements are in jury selection and will begin opening statements as early as the end of this week. Johnson will likely testify next week.
More than 2,000 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma patients who use Roundup have reached out to plaintiff attorney Timothy Litzenburg with similar claims, according to CNN. Johnson’s trial will be heard first because California expedites court processes for dying plaintiffs.
Bloomberg reports that Johnson’s attorney says, “the world is watching, and it’s unofficially a bellwhether case.” Meaning, he believes what happens in California this week and next will be a good indicator of future court outcomes. Plaintiffs are seeking financial compensation, a minimum of $75,000 but Monsanto representatives anticipate lawyers will ask for millions.
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