UPDATED 7:28 AM PT — Wed. July 11, 2018
The agrochemical company Monsanto is facing a lawsuit accusing them of having a weed-killing product which causes cancer.
On Tuesday, a federal judge ruled there was sufficient evidence for a jury to hear the case.
Former groundskeepers Dewayne Lee Johnson filed the lawsuit in 2016 after he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Johnson claims his exposure to the weed-killing product Roundup and the chemical in it — called glyphosate — caused his illness.
The trial was expedited due to Johnson’s poor health, who will likely spend the last days of his life in a court room.
“He’s a good guy, and he has an amazing family — knowing that he’s gonna pass away because of this kills you,” said Brent Wisner, Johnson’s attorney.
However, Monsanto said there’s no evidence of a connection between their product and cancer.
“The scientific evidence is overwhelming that glyphosate-based products do not cause cancer,” stated Monsanto attorney George Lombardi. “The best study of human beings who, like Mr. Johnson, are licensed pesticide applicators, concludes that glyphosate has no association with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.”
The outcome of the trial could impact future cases as thousands of cancer patients have reportedly been exposed to Roundup.