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Judge slashes Monsanto cancer damages to $39 million

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A judge Monday upheld pesticide manufacturer Monsanto’s liability in a lawsuit alleging that exposure to the company’s Roundup product played a substantial role in causing a man’s cancer.

San Francisco Superior Court Judge Suzanne Bolanos, however, lowered the punitive damages in the case to $39 million from $250 million and said plaintiff Dewayne Johnson must accept the lower amount or she’ll order a new trial.

Bolanos upheld the compensatory damages of $39 million for a total award of $78 million.

Johnson is terminally ill from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

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