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The case against Monsanto, bought by Bayer this year for $63 billion, is the first of more than 5,000 similar lawsuits over the company's glyphosate-based weedkillers, including its Roundup brand, across the United States.

It said other court proceedings with other juries might "arrive at different conclusions" than the jury which ruled in the California lawsuit, the first to accuse glyphosate of causing cancer.

In a statement, Monsanto Vice President Scott Partridge said the company will appeal the decision.

While becoming the world's most popular and widely used herbicide, the question of whether it causes cancer has been hotly debated by environmentalists, regulators, researchers and lawyers - even as Monsanto has insisted for decades that it's perfectly safe. It is appealing the California jury's verdict.

The World Health Organization's (WHO) cancer arm in 2015 classified glyphosate as "probably carcinogenic to humans", but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in September 2017 concluded a decades-long assessment of glyphosate risks and found the chemical was not likely carcinogenic to humans.

The herbicide is available in 130 countries and can be used on more than 100 crops.

Retail inflation slows to 9-month low at 4.17%
The average United Kingdom house price was £228,000 in June - £1,000 higher than in May and £6,000 higher than in June 2017. John Hawksworth, chief economist at PwC, said real household income growth will remain "subdued" over the next year.

Jurors unanimously found that Monsanto - which vowed to appeal - acted with "malice" and that its weed killers Roundup and the professional grade version RangerPro contributed "substantially" to Dewayne Johnson's terminal illness.

"Monsanto made a choice to not put a cancer warning on the label", Mr Wisner said.

Monsanto dates from 1901 when it was founded in Missouri as a chemical company.

He worked for a school district near San Francisco, spraying herbicides on weeds for several hours a day. He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2014.

As reported by numerous media outlets, a San Francisco jury (in state court) on August 10, 2018 delivered a verdict against Monsanto of $289 million, including $250 million in punitive damages, for a former school groundskeeper dying of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Monsanto argued that the type of cancer Johnson contracted takes many years to form. Johnson's case was fast-tracked to trial given the severity of his condition and his grave prognosis.

This article was written by Joel Rosenblatt, Robert Burnson and Naomi Kresge, a reporter for The Washington Post.

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