Monsanto, the maker of Roundup, has been ordered by a jury in San Francisco to pay a groundskeeper $289m in damages for not warning him of the dangers of using the product which contains glyphosate.

It is the first case to be taken against Monsanto which accuses Roundup of causing cancer.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Dewayne “Lee” Johnson was awarded the money by the jury who said Monsanto was responsible for the groundskeeper’s non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and that it should have disclosed of the potential dangers posed by the herbicide glyphosate, the active chemical in Roundup.

It also found that Monsanto “acted with malice or oppression” and failed to disclose the potential side-effects of using the product.

Monsanto said it would appeal the decision.

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