US judge slashes Monsanto cancer victim’s payout by $55 million | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

US judge slashes Monsanto cancer victim’s payout by $55 million

A US federal judge has reduced the $80 million punitive damages award a jury ordered Monsanto to pay to California cancer victim to $25 million.

Judge Vince Chhabria said he was required to diminish the punitive damages because it went beyond constitutional limits set by the US Supreme Court. According to him, the higher award was “constitutionally impermissible” because it was nearly 15 times the compensatory damages award.

However, he added that Monsanto “deserves to be punished.” He wrote in the ruling that the “evidence presented at trial about Monsanto’s behavior betrayed a lack of concern about the risk that its product might be carcinogenic.”

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