Bayer AG has agreed to pay $10 billion to settle existing and future litigation which claiming that the weed killer Roundup was causing cancer. The manufacturer of Roundup, Monsanto, was acquired by Bayer in 2018. The settlement will conclude about 95,000 legal cases across the country but does not admit liability or any wrongdoing. An estimated 25,000 cases from parties who have not agreed to be included in the settlement will continue.
Roundup’s main ingredient glyphosate has been linked to a 41 percent increase risk in developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. In 2018, a jury awarded $289 million to a school groundskeeper who developed cancer, saying Monsanto failed to warn consumer of the cancer risk. In March 2019, $80 million was awarded to a homeowner for similar reasons. And in May 2019, a California jury awarded over $2 billion to a couple who both developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after using Roundup for decades. Though all three verdict amounts were eventually reduced, these three case outcomes may have pushed Bayer to settle what claims it could.
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