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Roundup: Monsanto ordered to pay US$2.25 billion

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Roundup on the shelves of 'a business in Belgium in November 2017. The herbicide Roundup was put on the market in the 1970s by Monsanto, which since 2018 has belonged to the multinational Bayer.

Agence France-Presse< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">The Monsanto group, a subsidiary of the German giant Bayer, was ordered Friday by the jury of a Philadelphia court to pay 2.25 billion US dollars in damages to a man who attributed his cancer to the disease. x27;Roundup herbicide.

John McKivison's lawyer, Ron Miller confirmed to AFP that the Jurors in this Pennsylvania civil court awarded their client 2 billion US dollars in damages and 250 million in compensatory damages.

The plaintiff claimed that his non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system, was linked to the use of Roundup, the active ingredient of which is glyphosate.

Bayer disputes the harmfulness of glyphosate. The group told AFP its intention to appeal the decision.

Glyphosate has was classified in 2015 as a probable carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer of the World Health Organization (WHO).

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For its part, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) indicated that it has not identified any areas of critical concern in humans, animals and the environment that could cause prevent the authorization of the herbicide, while recognizing a lack of data.

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The multinational Bayer owns Monsanto and the herbicide Roundup.

For Ron Miller, Bayer made bad choices in this matter. The fact that they did not seek further amicable settlement is a mystery.

The group has reaffirmed its intention to go to trial whenever it is attacked over the alleged effects of Roundup.

He emphasized that he had won his case in several recent proceedings related to Roundup, based on evaluations by regulators and scientists who continue to consider this product safe.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">In mid-November, a Missouri court jury fined Monsanto $1.5 billion in damages and interests for the benefit of three Americans who had also attributed their non-Hodgkin lymphoma to years of use of Roundup.

The group also appealed this conviction.

According to Bayer, 113,000 of the approximately 165,000 lawsuits against Monsanto related to the herbicide have been resolved or declared inadmissible to date.

In June 2020, the pharmaceutical and biotechnology giant reached an out-of-court settlement covering, according to the company, approximately 75% of the 125,000 shares then outstanding.

The transaction provided for the payment of a total sum of between 10.1 and 10.9 billion US dollars.

Bayer also spent $400 million to compensate people exposed to another herbicide, dicamba , and 820 million for disputes linked to PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), so-called eternal pollutants.

In 2021, the& #x27;company allocated an additional US$4.5 billion to manage these procedures, bringing the total envelope to more than $16 billion.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116