He said his contact with the herbicide caused him non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The state Superior Court jury agreed that Roundup contributed to Johnson’s cancer and Monsanto should have provided a label warning of the potential health hazard. Johnson thanked jurors “from the bottom of my heart” for their work, along with his lawyers and his family. “A unanimous jury in San Francisco has told Monsanto: ‘Enough. You did something wrong and now you have to pay,'” said Brent Wisner, Johnson’s lead trial lawyer. Monsanto spokesman Scott Partridge said the company will appeal. He said scientific studies and two government agencies have concluded that Roundup does not cause cancer.
“We will appeal this decision and continue to vigorously defend this product, which has a 40-year history of safe use and continues to be a vital, effective, and safe tool for farmers and others,” Scott Partridge added. An attorney for Monsanto, said in court non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma takes years to develop, so Johnson’s cancer must have started well before he began working at the school district. However, the France-based International Agency for Research on Cancer, which is part of the World Health Organization, classified it as a “probable human carcinogen” in 2015. California added glyphosate to its list of chemicals known to cause cancer.