Dewayne Johnson, 46, is the first of hundreds of cancer patients to see his case against one of the most corrupt and dangerous chemical giants on the planet, Monsanto, go to trial. And for Johnson, time is critical. Doctors didn’t expect to see him live this long; currently, lesions cover as much as 80% of his body and on bad days he’s too crippled to even speak. You see, the former school groundskeeper, regularly used Roundup (20 to 30 times per year) and claims it gave him cancer.
Johnson’s case is the first to go to trial because he is nearing death and in California, dying plaintiffs can be granted expedited trials.
There are currently more than 800 patients suing Monsanto claiming that Roundup gave them cancer.
According to Johnson’s attorney, Timothy Litzenburg, who now represents “more than 2,000 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma sufferers who used Roundup extensively,”1 there’s a lot riding on this case because it could set a legal precedent for thousands of cases to follow.
“In March 2015, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) said the key ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate, is “probably carcinogenic to humans.”2
However, Monsanto continues to claim that Roundup does not cause cancer.