Dewayne Johnson against Monsanto, glyphosate exposure, California, USA

Dewayne Johnson vrs. Monsanto Company is the first Roundup cancer lawsuit to proceed to trial. Dewayne is also the first to win.


In 1974, Monsanto began manufacturing Glyphosate or  Roundup as a marketing brand. Nowadays, the toxic is registered in 130 countries and approved for use on more than 100 crops.  For more than one decade glyphosate has been a matter of concern for environmental justice organizations as it is recognized as a hazardous substance for human health. Despite the exhaustive campaigns against glyphosate and Monsanto, only a few countries have banned its use. 

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Basic Data
NameDewayne Johnson against Monsanto, glyphosate exposure, California, USA
CountryUnited States of America
SiteDistrict of Vallejo
Accuracy of LocationHIGH local level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Biomass and Land Conflicts (Forests, Agriculture, Fisheries and Livestock Management)
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Agro-toxics
Specific CommoditiesHerbicides
Chemical products
Project Details and Actors
Project Details-Glyphosate is widely known for its role in agriculture due to the domination of GMO crops modified to resist this toxic herbicide. Is the world’s most widely used herbicide.

- In 2015, the World Health Organization’s international agency for research on cancer classified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans”.

-Two market brands are: Roundup and Ranger Pro, two herbicides.
Type of PopulationUrban
Start Date01/2016
End Date2018
Company Names or State EnterprisesMonsanto Corporation (Monsanto Co) from United States of America
Bayer from Germany
Relevant government actorsCalifornian Courts
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)MEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
When did the mobilization beginMobilization for reparations once impacts have been felt
Groups MobilizingFarmers
Local scientists/professionals
Forms of MobilizationLawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Soil contamination
Potential: Air pollution, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Food insecurity (crop damage)
Health ImpactsVisible: Mental problems including stress, depression and suicide, Occupational disease and accidents
Potential: Deaths
Socio-economic ImpactsVisible: Loss of livelihood, Violations of human rights
OtherPotential impacts on children (from the Benicia Unified School)
Project StatusIn operation
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseCompensation
Court decision (victory for environmental justice)
Under negotiation
Application of existing regulations
Development of AlternativesBanning glyphosate worldwide
Do you consider this as a success?Yes
Why? Explain briefly.-Benicia school district already stopped using glyphosate.

-The court finds in favor of Dewayne

-Dewayne Johnson is the first person to take Roundup maker to trial. However, his case will be useful as a snowball. Another Roundup cancer trial is scheduled to begin in 2018 in St Louis, Missouri and according to Johnson’s lawyers, Monsanto is facing more than 4,000 similar cases across the US.
Sources and Materials

Dewayne Johnson v. Monsanto Trial Transcripts
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Monsanto Court Papers
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Glyphosate Residues in Groundwater, Drinking Water and Urine of Subsistence Farmers from Intensive Agriculture Localities: A Survey in Hopelchén, Campeche, Mexico
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Roundup Cancer Study – Published Research
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The man who beat Monsanto: 'They have to pay for not being honest'
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Judge slashes award by jury in Monsanto weed-killer cancer case
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Monsanto ordered to pay $289m as jury rules weedkiller caused man's cancer
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One man's suffering exposed Monsanto's secrets to the world
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Monsanto says its pesticides are safe. Now, a court wants to see the proof
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Australia urged to restrict Monsanto's Roundup after US court rules it caused cancer
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Homebase to review sale of Monsanto weedkiller after US cancer verdict
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Landmark lawsuit claims Monsanto hid cancer danger of weedkiller for decades
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Bayer's Monsanto asks U.S. court to toss $289 million glyphosate verdict
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BUSD, city discontinue use of glyphosate products
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Monsanto to ditch its infamous name after sale to Bayer
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Monsanto's 'cancer-causing' weedkiller destroyed my life, dying man tells court
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El jardinero con cáncer terminal que ganó a Monsanto una demanda por US$289 millones
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Breakfast With a Dose of Roundup?
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Roundup and Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and Multiple Myeloma
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The Miller Firm is a national practice representing individuals who have been seriously injured by pharmaceutical or other defective products.
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Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman firm
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Germany + 13 Other Countries Say No to Glyphosate: What About the U.S.?
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Media Links

Dewayne “Lee” Johnson at Work
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Other Documents

Protesters gather outside the European Commission in Brussels on November 9, 2017. © Emmanuel Dunand, AFP |
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Protests against Monsanto
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Dewayne Johnson in the US Courts
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Other Comments“They have to pay the price for not being honest and putting people’s health at risk for the sake of making a profit,” said Dewayne Johnson.
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ContributorGrettel Navas, ENVJustice Project
Last update05/11/2018