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August 18, 2020 — Monsanto sought to reduce $4 million from the $20.5 owed to groundskeeper Dewayne “Lee” Johnson, but was rejected by the Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District of California.  The appeals court also rejected Monsanto’s request for a rehearing.

In the court’s July ruling, it said that Johnson had presented “abundant” evidence that Monsanto’s herbicides cause cancer, including his own.  However, the appeals court did reduce Johnson’s award.  The jury that decided Johnson’s case ordered $289 million, which was reduced to $78 million by the trial judge.  The appeals court further reduced the award to $20.5 million, and Monsanto additionally owes $519,000 in costs.  Despite the multiple reductions, Monsanto still pushed for the award to be reduced to $16.5 million.

Reference:  “Monsanto Roundup & Dicamba Trial Tracker.” U.S. Right to Know, 2 June 2020, https://usrtk.org/monsanto-roundup-trial-tracker-index/

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Born and raised in Evansville, Gayle is a respected, experienced lawyer and a valued community leader. She graduated near the top of her class at Indiana University’s prestigious Maurer School of Law. She’s practiced law with one of the largest firms in Indianapolis as well as one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. And that means she knows how big law firms and big companies think and how they operate – and she will put that knowledge to work for you.

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