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Dewayne Johnson v. Monsanto Company is the first Roundup cancer lawsuit to proceed to trial. The lawsuit alleges exposure to Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer and its active ingredient, glyphosate, caused Northern California resident Dewayne “Lee” Johnson to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL).

Lee Johnson worked as a groundskeeper for the Benicia Unified School District in the San Francisco Bay Area. Between 2012 and 2015, part of Mr. Johnson’s job was to apply Monsanto herbicides to school properties.

In 2014, Lee began to experience severe skin irritation, which he reported to health care providers. He also contacted Monsanto, asking if his skin irritation could have been caused by his use of Roundup. Internal Monsanto emails later obtained by Lee’s attorneys show that his queries concerning Roundup were discussed among company employees. However, Monsanto never responded to Mr. Johnson, so he continued to use Roundup.

In August of 2014, Lee was diagnosed with epidermotropic T-cell lymphoma. After his diagnosis, his job still required him to apply and be in close contact with Monsanto glyphosate-based herbicides. Despite enduring chemotherapy treatments throughout 2015, Mr. Johnson’s cancer progressed. In September 2017, a biopsy revealed mycosis fungoides (non-Hodgkin lymphoma with large cell transformation).

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  • PRO

    Umm interesting a bit concerning all respect to mr  Johnsons family. It sounded like he was using gallons every day it perhaps proves at the very least we should not get to complacent with anything we do.I my self try to spread my spraying out and not do to much one a single day. I have heard councils etc are looking at other alternatives.

  • PRO

    What is the requirement for operative training and licensing in the US ?

    Shows why it is vital to understand the impacts of exposure to chemicals and take suitable protection - at the end of the day pesticides are designed to kill weeds etc

  • PRO

    Court docs suggest he was suited up every time he used glyphosate, how could he be exposed, tenuous link at best.

    Monsanto told to pay $289m in cancer trial
    A US jury finds the company knew its Roundup weedkillers were dangerous, but Monsanto vows to appeal.
  • The problem as I see it is that half of the population, so I've read, will develop cancer at some point in their lives so this sort of claim is very difficult to prove. How can these usa courts award such ridiculous sums...... £226m!

    • It's California,  the maddest place on earth when it comes to environmental issues. 

  • PRO

    It matters not whether the court decision was right but what this high profile case tells us is that Roundup is now a bigger target for lawmakers and environmetalists.

    More than ever, this is now the time for all professionals handling glyphosate (or any other chemical) to do so by the book.

    We've already established here on LJN that it's unacceptable for any operative to attempt pesticide aplication without the proper certification but now it's imperative that our house should be in order for every aspect of pesticide use.

    • Both you and Gary rk have used the word pesticide, this case is about herbicide!

      • PRO

        "Pesticides are chemical compounds that are used to kill pests, including insects, rodents, fungi and unwanted plants (weeds). Pesticides are used in public health to kill vectors of disease, such as mosquitoes, and in agriculture, to kill pests that damage crops. By their nature, pesticides are potentially toxic to other organisms, including humans, and need to be used safely and disposed of properly."

        Pesticides: WHO health topic page on pesticides provides links to descriptions of activities, reports, publications, statistics, news, multimedia and…
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