Bayer to appeal $2 billion verdict in Roundup cancer lawsuit

Bayer to appeal $2 billion verdict in Roundup cancer lawsuit

The jury awarded a total of $2 billion in punitive damages and $55 million in compensatory damages. The judgement is the third since August against Monsanto's parent company, Bayer.

After three jury verdicts in California, a trial is scheduled for August in St. Louis County in Missouri, the site of Monsanto's former headquarters.

Alva Pilliod and wife Alberta of Livermore, both in their 70s, were diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2011 and 2015, respectively.

The jury decided Roundup had been defectively designed, that the company failed to warn of the herbicide's cancer risk and that the company acted negligently.

Bayer, inventor of Aspirin and maker of stroke prevention drug Xarelto and Yasmin birth control pills, faces USA lawsuits from more than 13,400 plaintiffs over the herbicide's alleged cancer risk.

Both other jury verdicts also came in California, one in state court and one in federal court. Since acquiring Monsanto in a $63 billion deal, Buyer has inherited thousands of lawsuits over the weed killer.

Bayer said Monday that it would appeal the verdict.

Bayer vowed to challenge Monday's ruling, calling it "excessive and unjustifiable". Bayer must also wonder if Monsanto deployed the same underhanded tactics during their courtship that courtroom disclosures have shown permeated its corporate culture: "deep deception, prevarication and denial in a headlong pursuit of profit, human and environmental consequences be damned".

In further fallout from the takeover, Bayer said on Monday that Monsanto, which is being investigated by French prosecutors for compiling files of influential people such as journalists and scientists in France, likely did the same across Europe, suggesting a potentially wider problem.

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Four year ago, a United Nations-sponsored scientific agency declared that Roundup probably causes cancer.

"We've been fighting cancer for nine years. We really resent Monsanto for that", Pilliod said.

The latest verdict may be the most expensive nightmare to hit Bayer this month, but it's not the only one.

That figure, which consists of $3 billion in punitive damages and $79 million in compensatory ones, is all but certain to be reduced by the trial judge or on appeal-University of California, Hastings School of Law professor David Levine told the Associated Press there is "There is zero chance it will stand".

In March, the company lost another case to an American retiree who blames his cancer on the weedkiller, and was ordered by a court to pay $80 million to the plaintiff.

"This is not the end of this litigation", he said. Berninger said he "firmly believes that other countries in Europe will be affected".

When the company's lawyer asked a juror after the verdict what the panel wanted to hear from Bayer, the juror responded that he wanted proof the chemical was safe: "I wanted you to get up and drink it".

The Pilliods said they had used the Roundup herbicide on their yard and other properties for decades. Johnson's cancer was diagnosed as terminal. Both of them are now in remission, but their trial had been expedited due to the risk of a relapse and potentially short life expectancy. It insists the glyphosate-based product is not linked to cancer.

Bayer denied the allegations. As NPR's Dan Charles reported, the finding from the International Agency for Research on Cancer caused Monsanto to launch a fierce campaign to discredit the IARC's conclusions.

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