A California jury on May 13, 2019 awarded more than $2 billion to a couple who claimed Bayer’s glyphosate-based Roundup weed killer caused their cancer*; it is the largest U.S. jury verdict to date against the company in litigation over the chemical.
This was the third consecutive U.S. jury verdict against the company over the widely-used weed killer, which Bayer Chemical acquired as part of its $63 billion purchase of Monsanto last year.
Shares of Germany-based Bayer have fallen about 38 percent since the first adverse U.S. judgment on Roundup last August, leaving the company with a market value smaller than the price it paid for Monsanto. source
*The couple, Alva and Alberta Pilliod of Livermore, California, had been using Monsanto’s signature weedkiller Roundup on residential properties since the 1970’s. The couple has since been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma…
“Unlike the first two Monsanto trials, where the judges severely limited the amount of plaintiffs’ evidence, we were allowed to show a jury the mountain of evidence showing Monsanto’s manipulation of science, the media and regulatory agencies to forward their own agenda despite Roundup’s severe harm to the animal kingdom and to humankind.”-Michael Miller, attorney for plaintiffs source