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posted by martyb on Friday June 22 2018, @11:05PM   Printer-friendly
from the something-that-kills-something-might-be-bad-for-you dept.

In the first trial of its kind, a Californian dying of cancer is suing US agrochemical giant Monsanto, claiming its popular herbicide Roundup caused his disease—a case that could have sweeping ramifications.

The stakes are high for Monsanto, which could face massive losses should it have to pay out damages over the product, whose main ingredient is glyphosate, a substance which some say is dangerously carcinogenic.

Dewayne Johnson, a 46-year-old father of two, says he is sick because of contact with Roundup, which he used for two years from 2012 as a groundskeeper for the Benicia school district near San Francisco, his lawyer Timothy Litzenburg told AFP.

Thousands of lawsuits targeting Monsanto are currently proceeding through the US court system, according to American media.

Litzenburg says he represents hundreds of people who also say they are victims of glyphosate.

Whether the substance causes cancer has been the source of endless debate among government regulators, health experts and lawyers.

"A major part of that job was spraying Roundup or Ranger Pro (a similar Monsanto product)... He sprayed it 20 to 40 times per year, sometimes hundreds of gallons at a time on the school properties," Litzenburg said.

In 2014, Johnson was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a cancer that affects white blood cells. Two years later, and no longer able to work, he filed suit against Monsanto, which he accuses of hiding its product's dangers.

"His case has been expedited because he currently has only a few months to live," his lawyer said.

Wikipedia entry on glyphosate.

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  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 22 2018, @11:53PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 22 2018, @11:53PM (#697038)

    It just goes to show that leftists have the best policies and are thinking ahead.

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  • (Score: 1) by Ethanol-fueled on Saturday June 23 2018, @08:19AM

    by Ethanol-fueled (2792) on Saturday June 23 2018, @08:19AM (#697155) Homepage

    Speaking of best policies and thinking ahead:

    " his lawyer Timothy Litzenburg "

    If you have to lawyer up, get a Jewish lawyer. I can vouch for this -- When Google owned Boston Dynamics, I worked for them, and was fired for calling Eric Schmidt a "Jew fag." I took out my life savings to enlist the help of a Jewish lawyer as my legal council and he got me reinstated, and I have been working for Boston Dynamics ever since, although it's long past its glory days.

    As much as I talk trash about Jews, there are no finer people to have your back in the courtroom, whether you are a White man suing your former employer, or a Black man trying to beat multiple murder-one charges.