In a recent development, a California man is among the first of hundreds of plaintiffs in which he has seen his day in court with Monsanto with a lawsuit. He alleges that the weed killing product Roundup has given him cancer.
The jury selection for the case began on Monday in California Superior Court in DeWayne Johnson’s suit. It was against the agrochemical giant Johnson who worked for a school district, and it regularly applies the Roundup on campuses for dozens of times in a year. Earlier, he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in the year 2014 on August, and at that time his age was 42. His case has been fast-tracked through the court system, and it is due to the failing health.
Johnson has suspended his treatment of chemotherapy as the side effects were very severe and this was done to court the documents. As per his doctors, they have said that the court has not expected him to live through 2019.
Lawyers who are hired by Johnson said in the court that the documents that Monsanto championed false data and was attacked the legitimate studies which have revealed the possible dangers of using the Roundup weed killer. This case will set a precedent for hundreds of other new and old cases against the maker of the weed killer. Till now, there are more than 400 cases against the Monsanto in San Francisco courts.
The issue is the chemical Glyphosate, and it is widely used herbicide which was used in more than 750 products sold in the United States. The National Pesticide Information Center says that Glyphosate has carcinogenic potential which was administered in about high doses to laboratory animals.
According to Scott Partridge, who is the vice president of Global Strategy at Monsanto said that this study was extensively done throughout the world again and again. In this real-world environment, there is no association between the use of Glyphosate and cancer. The studies which are done on humans have got conflicting results.