Acclaimed trial lawyer Brent Wisner says ‘glyphosate’s days are numbered’ after two huge cancer verdicts against Monsanto
November 1, 2023 | Source: Wisner Baum | Contact: Robin McCall, Media Relations
On Tuesday, October 31, 2023, a San Diego jury ordered Monsanto to pay $332 million for negligently manufacturing or designing Roundup and for failing to adequately warn of the danger of using the weed killer, according to news reports in Law360 and CVN.
The jury deliberated for four days and awarded the plaintiff, Mike Dennis, $7 million in compensatory damages and $325 million in punitive damages. The jury also determined that the failure to warn was a substantial factor in Mr. Dennis’ non-Hodgkin lymphoma diagnosis.
This verdict follows recent cases where juries in Missouri and Pennsylvania also ruled against Monsanto, awarding $1.25 million and $175 million in damages.
Dennis is represented by co-lead counsel Adam Peavy (of counsel) and Scott Love of Clark Love & Hutson. He is also represented by Grace Hooten and Ryan Ziminskas of Clark Love & Hutson, and by Paul Kiesel and Melanie Palmer of Kiesel Law.
R. Brent Wisner helped win jury verdicts of $2.427 billion against Monsanto in the first three successful trials in 2018 and 2019 against the company for its Roundup weedkiller causing non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Brent was co-lead trial counsel in the first Roundup trial for Dewayne “Lee” Johnson and for Alva and Alberta Pilliod.
In response to yesterday’s verdict Wisner stated, “Glyphosate’s days are numbered. With two more outstanding jury verdicts in the last few days and the EU’s failure to decide on extending the use of glyphosate for another 10 years, the writing is on the wall. The scientific evidence is clear—Roundup causes lymphoma. It should not be on the market. Monsanto needs to pull this dangerous product off the market and work out a global resolution program for the people who have been hurt. More lawsuits are not the solution. Reaching global peace is.”