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Jury Orders Monsanto To Pay $289 Mln In Cancer Trial

A California jury ordered Monsanto to pay $289 million Friday for failing to warn Johnson of the cancer risks posed by its glyphosate-based weed killers.

Dewayne Johnson, a 46-year-old former groundskeeper, filed case in 2016, won a victory on Friday, with the jury determining that Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller caused his cancer.

The jury at San Francisco's Superior Court of California found that the corporation failed to warn him of the health hazards from exposure.

It awarded $39 million in compensatory and $250 million in punitive damages.

Monsanto, a unit of Bayer AG (BAYZF.PK) said, "Today's decision does not change the fact that more than 800 scientific studies and reviews - and conclusions by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. National Institutes of Health and regulatory authorities around the world - support the fact that glyphosate does not cause cancer, and did not cause Mr. Johnson's 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", the company added in the statement.

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