A San Francisco judge has slashed the punitive damages in a lawsuit involving Monsanto. A former school groundskeeper sued Monsanto after developing cancer, blaming his use of Roundup. The jury originally awarded the man $289 million, but the judge reduced that figure to $78.5 million. The plaintiff has until December 7 to accept the reduced dollar amount. If rejected, the judge will set a new trial to focus on punitive damages. Monsanto is now a subsidiary of Bayer. In a statement, company officials said they were disappointed the verdict wasn’t overturned and pledged to continue with the legal battle.
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