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August 2018 — Johnson v Monsanto — In August 2018, the plaintiff, Dewayne Johnson, brought the first non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma lawsuit against Monsanto in front of a jury. Mr. Johnson had been a 46-year-old former groundskeeper for a school district who applied Roundup products to school properties as part of his job duties on a regular basis for years. In 2015, he had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Following an 8-week trial, the jury found that Monsanto was liable and awarded $289 million in total damages, which included $250 million in punitive damages. The judge later capped the punitive damage award, reducing the total jury award down to $78.5 million. Bayer had officially acquired Monsanto just as these lawsuits were beginning to appear in front of juries.  After the acquisition, Bayer faced up to 125,000 Roundup lawsuits, according to public statements.

Reference:  Moncivais, Katy. “Roundup Cancer Lawsuit: 2020 Updates & Settlements.” Consumer Safety, 8 Jan. 2021, https://www.consumersafety.org/product-lawsuits/roundup/.

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Gayle Gerling Pettinga

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.

Gayle has received numerous awards and honors including Martindale-Hubbell — Peer Review Rated: AV®, American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys 10 Best Attorneys in Indiana for Exceptional and Outstanding Client Service, and YWCA Evansville 100 Years, 100 Women Honoree, 2011.

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