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After $289 Million Roundup Verdict, Judge Considers New Trial

After $289 Million Roundup Verdict, Judge Considers New Trial

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A San Francisco judge said in a tentative ruling Wednesday that she would order a new trial in a $289 million judgment against agribusiness giant Monsanto brought by a school groundskeeper who says Roundup weed-killer caused his cancer. San Francisco Superior Court Judge Suzanne Bolanos issued the ruling ahead of scheduled oral arguments Wednesday. A jury in August awarded Johnson $39 million in compensatory damages and $250 million in punitive damages. Bolanos’ tentative order applied to the $250 million award; attorneys were arguing in court over whether the $39 million in compensatory damages should stand. Bolanos wrote plaintiff DeWayne Johnson failed to produce “clear