Minutes after a California jury ordered Monsanto to pay Dewayne Lee Johnson $289.2 million, Monsanto-now-owned-by-Bayer vowed to appeal the verdict.
Monsanto attorneys were “sorry” that Johnson had cancer, they said. But Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller wasn’t the cause. The biotech giant, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, wasn’t guilty of hiding the carcinogenic truth about its flagship product, the lawyers said.
The jury was wrong, they said. Roundup is safe, they insisted.
Yesterday, Judge Suzanne Bolanos, who presided over Johnson’s case, listened to attorneys for both sides argue for and against overturning the verdict. Instead of flat-out allowing the verdict to stand, she asked both sides to submit their arguments before she makes a final decision.
This is not how the justice system is supposed to work. Johnson, who is terminally ill with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, shouldn’t have to prove his case all over again.
But, as we’ve seen over and over again, this is what happens when the profits of corporations trump the rights of the people.
Stay tuned for the next decision in this case. Meanwhile, stay strong. And keep fighting.