Bayer-Monsanto ordered to pay over $1.5 billion in Roundup cancer lawsuit – Latest news and updates

2023-11-19 07:32:45

Monsanto, owned by Bayer, was ordered Friday by a court in Jefferson City, Missouri, to pay more than $1.5 billion to three Americans who allegedly developed cancer as a result of using the weedkiller Roundup. This is reported by the Bloomberg news agency, which speaks of one of the largest claims for damages of the year in the United States.

The judge awarded James Draeger, Valerie Gunther and Dan Anderson damages of $61.1 million and $500 million, respectively. These three people had developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and claimed that the cancer was the result of years of using Roundup for gardening. Bayer has recently won several Roundup-related lawsuits but, at the same time, there have also been a number of cases where the jury has seen a link between the weedkiller and the development of cancer, according to Bloomberg.

The German chemical company bought Monsanto in 2018 and therefore inherited the numerous lawsuits concerning Roundup. The main ingredient in this medication is glyphosate. The danger of this substance for health is also the subject of debate in Europe but, as research into possible harmful effects is ongoing, the license was extended this week for 10 years.

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