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JUDGE RULES NEW TRIAL MAY BE HELD IN CALIFORNIA ROUNDUP LAWSUIT
Agri-Pulse reports:

A state judge in California has tentatively ruled that there should be a new trial in a case involving a former school groundskeeper who claims exposure to Roundup caused his cancer.

In August, a jury in San Francisco Superior Court awarded Johnson $289 million, including $250 million in punitive damages, but Monsanto asked for a new trial or a reversal of the judgment. Before a hearing yesterday, Judge Suzanne Bolanos issued a tentative ruling that said Johnson had not provided "clear and convincing evidence of malice or oppression" by Monsanto, according to the Associated Press.
Evidence of such conduct is necessary before awarding punitive damages.

What it means: The judge's decision will be crucial for determining the likelihood of success for future cases against Monsanto, recently acquired by Bayer. Another trial greatly reduces the chances of Johnson ever seeing any money.


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