The terminally ill man who won $289 million in a landmark verdict against the agrochemical giant Monsanto is speaking out for the first time.
Dewayne Johnson, 46, who worked as a groundskeeper for a school district in Benicia, California, won the large settlement after a jury found that the weedkiller Roundup played a large role in causing his cancer.
Johnson, a married-father-of two, doesn’t have long to live, having been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma – a cancer that starts in the white bloods cells – in August 2014, which has since spread.
Monsanto plans to appeal the verdict and the compensation will only be released when this has been heard, meaning Johnson may not live to see his payout.
However, in an interview with CBS This Morning, Johnson said he’s happy about the trial’s outcome because he didn’t want to ‘die for nothing’ and to make sure others were warned about the potential danger of using the weedkiller.