Bayer Ordered to Pay US Couple $2Bln Over Weed Killer Cancer Case

Bayer Ordered to Pay US Couple $2Bln Over Weed Killer Cancer Case

Bayer's statement on Monday said the plaintiffs "relied heavily" on the agency's 2015 assessment but called it "an outlier among worldwide health regulators and scientific bodies". He said the ratio between the $2 billion in punitive damages and $55 million in compensatory damages is too high.

"We have great sympathy for Mr. and Mrs. Pilliod, but the evidence in this case was clear that both have long histories of illnesses known to be substantial risk factors for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL), most National Hockey League has no known cause, and there is not reliable scientific evidence to conclude that glyphosate-based herbicides were the "but for" cause of their illnesses as the jury was required to find in this case", the company said in a a release.

Glyphosate developer Monsanto was convicted in the United States in 2018 and 2019 of not taking necessary steps to warn of the potential risks of Roundup - their weedkiller containing the chemical, which two California juries found caused cancer in two users. The company insists the glyphosate-based product is not linked to cancer.

Bayer said the jury was presented with "cherry-picked findings" inconsistent with a statement last month by the US Environmental Protection Agency, which announced that glyphosate was not a carcinogen and posed no public health risk when used as directed.

The prior two jury verdicts against Bayer in U.S. Roundup trials triggered steep declines in Bayer shares.

The Oakland jury today delivered Monsanto's third such loss in California since August.

In addition to the Hardeman and Pilliod cases, a jury in San Francisco previous year initially awarded a man, Dewayne Johnson, $289 million in a case related to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and glyphosate-based products, but the judge later slashed the punitive damages levied against Bayer/Monsanto in that case to $39 million, down from $250 million (and left another $39 million in compensatory damages intact). The company also said it would appeal that decision.

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"This is not the end of this litigation", he said. Hardeman had used Roundup for more than 25 years on his Sonoma property.

Berninger said he "firmly believes that other countries in Europe will be affected".

The company quickly responded saying it was "disappointed with the jury's decision and will appeal the verdict in this case".

They filed their lawsuit in 2017 after being diagnosed with cancer in 2011 and 2015, respectively.

Bayer denied the allegations.

Lawsuits are largely based on a 2015 conclusion by the World Health Organization's cancer arm, which classified glyphosate as "probably carcinogenic to humans". People who are not farm workers or groundskeepers are being exposed to the cancer-causing chemical. In addition, the largest and most recent epidemiologic study - the 2018 independent National Cancer Institute-supported long-term study that followed over 50,000 pesticide applicators for more than 20 years and was published after the IARC monograph - found no association between glyphosate-based herbicides and cancer.

The Alameda County Superior Court jury deliberated for less than two days before reaching a verdict.

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