San Francisco Superior Court Judge Suzanne Bolanos issued the ruling ahead of scheduled oral arguments. She will take the arguments into consideration before making the ruling final.
In her ruling, Bolanos said plaintiff DeWayne Johnson failed to produce "clear and convincing evidence of malice or oppression" by Monsanto. She wrote that he did not provide any evidence that Monsanto employees believed that exposure to the product caused his lymphoma. Johnson has reportedly been told he has about two years to live.
"Given the state of medical and scientific knowledge there is no clear and convincing evidence that Monsanto acted with malice or oppression in manufacturing and selling its GBH (Roundup) products," the judge wrote. "Plaintiff (Johnson) failed to present any evidence that Monsanto acted despicably."