by Mauro Orru, Dow Jones

A jury in Washington state ordered Bayer’s Monsanto to pay $857 million to former students and parent volunteers of a school who claimed that exposure to some chemicals developed by the company made them sick, Bloomberg reports, citing court documents.

The jury on Monday found that levels of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, weren’t “reasonably safe” and awarded $73 million in compensatory damages and $784 million in punitive damages to two parents who volunteered at Sky Valley Education Center along with five former students, according to Bloomberg.

“We disagree with the verdict and will pursue post-trial motions and appeals to get this verdict overturned and to reduce the constitutionally excessive damages awarded,” Monsanto said in a statement.

To read the Bloomberg report click here.