Glyphosate: Bayer ordered to pay huge compensation to 3 farmers sickened by its herbicide

Another court defeat for Bayer. A Missouri jury ordered a multinational company to pay huge damages to 3 farmers (plus the wife of one of them) who accused the herbicide Roundup of causing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

A few days ago, a Missouri jury handed down a historic verdict ordered Bayer to pay $1.56 billion 3 plaintiffs (plus the wife of one of them) who accused the herbicide Roundup of causing serious health problems. The new verdict follows many others that have ruled in favor of farmers and citizens harmed by the now infamous herbicide over the years.

A Cole County jury found Monsanto, now owned by Bayer, liable for negligence, design defects and failure to warn consumers of the potential dangers of using Roundup.

Plaintiffs Valorie Gunther of New York, Jimmy Draeger of Missouri and Daniel Anderson of California were awarded a total of $61.1 million in compensatory damages and $500 million in punitive damages. Each of them was diagnosed with a non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which appears to be caused by the use of Roundup on their family property. Brenda, Draeger’s wife, was instead awarded $100,000 for damages she suffered due to her husband’s illness.

However, punitive damages could be reduced on appeal because they exceed the U.S. Supreme Court’s guidelines.

The decision represents another court defeat for Bayer in an already difficult period for the company, which is struggling with a less than rosy balance sheet. Also read: Bayer in the red nearly $5 billion over glyphosate (and interest rates)

Bart Rankin, who represented the plaintiffs, said this victory is just the first of many for thousands of plaintiffs. In fact, there are currently approximately 165,000 lawsuits against the company for personal injury allegedly caused by Roundup.

In 2020, Bayer settled most cases related to its controversial herbicide for up to $10.9 billion, but about 50,000 claims remain pending. The company now appears to be facing not only legal challenges but also growing investor concerns about its legal strategy.

Bayer’s response

Guess what Bayer’s response was? Still the same one that repeats itself every time like a broken record. Despite defeats, the multinational continues to maintain it decades of studies have shown this Roundup and its active ingredient, glyphosate, are safe for human use.

And unfortunately, in some respects, Europe also proved her right. Last week, the Commission announced that it would renew the approval of glyphosate for another 10 years, based on a safety assessment by the European Food Agency and the European Chemicals Agency, after EU member states did not express a clear position on the renewal.

Also read: Glyphosate, the European Commission authorizes the use of the dangerous herbicide for the next 10 years

Bayer also responded by saying it had a strong case for the rulings to be overturned on appeal, arguing that in recent trials, courts wrongfully allowed plaintiffs to misrepresent the European Union’s glyphosate recovery process and the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s safety assessment American.

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Source: Reuters

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