Bayer AG is crunching its third-quarter numbers for an Oct. 30 update, and said it expects the number of plaintiffs suing the company over claims that its herbicide Roundup causes cancer to have grown exponentially, possibly as high as 45,000. The company announced in July that it faced 18,400 lawsuits.
Bayer acquired German-based agri-business Monsanto last year for $63 billion, just months before it faced the first trial among a few hundred at the time claiming exposure to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, causes non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Bayer lost that case, as well as two others that went to trial, to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars, including a $2.055 billion verdict in favor of an elderly husband and wife who both developed terminal non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after using the weed killer. Shares of Bayer have tumbled about 30% since the first trial in August 2018.
Trials have been delayed in recent months as the company works with a mediator to negotiate a global settlement. Bayer said in a statement that the surge in lawsuits “may reflect a campaign by plaintiffs’ lawyers and lead generators to increase the volume of plaintiffs as quickly as possible in connection with that process.”
Bayer has maintained its stance that Roundup is safe despite the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer classifying glyphosate in 2015 as a probable carcinogen. Earlier this year, an analysis conducted by researchers at the University of Washington found that Roundup exposure raised cancer risks in humans by 41%.
We are investigating cases involving non-Hodgkin lymphoma related to the commercial application of Roundup/glyphosate. Beasley Allen is honored to represent a Montgomery County, Alabama, resident who developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma as a result of years of Roundup exposure, both commercially throughout his career and in personal home use. This case is set for trial in October 2020. This is Beasley Allen’s second Roundup trial set for 2020. The first trial will take place in Dallas County in March. In that case, Beasley Allen is representing a local Plaintiff whose non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is linked to years of Roundup exposure.