Facing an estimated 95,000 lawsuits accusing their product of causing Roundup cancer, seed and pesticide maker Bayer has announced that it has reached a settlement with victims. The company has agreed to pay more than $10 billion, some of which will be used to resolve lawsuits that have not yet been filed. Legal experts are expressing surprise at the large amount, with professor of Stanford University Law School Nora Freeman Engstrom telling The New York Times, “It’s rare that we see a consensual settlement with that many zeros on it.”
News has filtered out that Bayer AG, the company that purchased the manufacturer of Roundup Weed Killer, will be settling with many of the victims who’ve accused the product of causing their Roundup cancer. The rumored amount of the settlement is $10 billion, a huge amount being driven by three guilty verdicts and enormous damages amounts that have already been awarded by juries.
At the same time that Bayer AG is waging an aggressive legal battle to overturn significant verdicts against them, the company has reportedly reached agreements with other Roundup cancer victims who have been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. According to pre-settlement funding firm Legal-Bay LLC, a portion of those who are seeking compensation from the chemical company will see a resolution to their claims.
In August 2018, a California jury agreed with groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson’s assertion that Bayer AG and their subsidiary Monsanto were responsible for his Roundup cancer. They ordered the company to pay the man and his wife $289 million in damages, an amount that was later reduced by a judge to $78 million.
In response to reports from the United States regarding the prevalence of Roundup cancer, one of Europe’s leading home improvement stores has decided to discontinue sales of the product. A quick walk through one of B&Q’s stores reveals that the product — as well as all others that are glyphosate-based — are not being restocked, in any size, and a visit to the website reveals only 1 liter bottles being sold, and it’s listed at a deeply discounted clearance price.
The main ingredient in Roundup weed killer, glyphosate, has been blamed for numerous types of cancer and has been named in multiple personal injury lawsuits against its manufacturer, Monsanto. Now the company is poised for an onslaught of additional claims as researchers from Japan’s Chiba University have published research indicating that the chemical may also be behind the development of Parkinson’s Disease.
Facing an estimated 125,000 Roundup cancer lawsuits, Bayer AG has reportedly reached a verbal agreement with plaintiffs’ attorneys. The agreement is part of a total $10 billion package that would cover between 50,000 and 85,000 of the suits. Bayer AG became the owner of the controversial product in 2018, when it acquired the chemical company, Monsanto. It is expected that the plaintiffs whose lawsuits that are covered by the proposed agreement will see payouts between a few thousand dollars and a few million dollars. Some victims’ attorneys are expected to hold out for more.
In August of 2018, a California jury awarded California school groundskeeper Dewayne “Lee” Johnson $289 million in damages in his personal injury lawsuit accusing Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer of causing his cancer. Though the trial judge later lowered that award – which included $250 million in punitive damages – to $78.5 million, Monsanto and its new owner Bayer appealed the verdict, asking that the decision either be reversed or reversed and remanded for a new trial. The company argued that key evidence had been excluded and that at the very least the award for “future noneconomic damages” should be reduced from $33 million to $1.5 million because Johnson is likely to die soon and would not suffer long-term pain and suffering.
Whether you’re a weekend gardener or a fulltime professional landscaper or gardener, you’ve probably heard about the lawsuits being filed by victims of Roundup cancer. Roundup is the most popular weed killer in the market, and its main ingredient is glyphosate. The product’s manufacturer, Monsanto, has been named in over 13,000 lawsuits filed by people who have been diagnosed with cancer that they blame on the product. Though the company claims the product is safe, the World Health Organization has issued warnings calling it “probably carcinogenic to humans.”
Late March of this year saw the end of Roundup cancer victim Edward Hardeman’s several-year pursuit of justice. Hardeman had used the product over nearly three decades to control weeds and poison oak on his property when he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2015. When he learned that the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer had declared the product’s active ingredient, glyphosate, a probable carcinogen, he filed a lawsuit against its maker Monsanto and is only the second among thousands of plaintiffs to have his case heard by a jury. He was awarded more than $80 million in damages.
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