The fourth Roundup trial, which was put on hold at the 11th hour, did not resume last week as planned, fueling rumors that Bayer AG is on the brink of a global settlement. Bayer faces more than 42,700 lawsuits from consumers who claim exposure to glyphosate, the active ingredient in the company’s Roundup weed killer, causes non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The first three cases to go to trial ended in multi-million-dollar verdicts in favor of the plaintiffs.
St. Louis Circuit Court Judge Elizabeth Hogan had put the trial on hold just hours before its Jan. 24 start date, since both parties agreed to give Bayer space to work out a global resolution with mediator Ken Feinberg.
“The continuance is intended to provide room for the parties to continue the mediation process in good faith under the auspices of Ken Feinberg, and avoid the distractions that can arise from trials,” Bayer said in the statement. “While Bayer is constructively engaged in the mediation process, there is no comprehensive agreement at this time. There also is no certainty or timetable for a comprehensive resolution.”
The trial was to resume Feb. 5 if no progress had been made toward a settlement. Judge Hogan’s announcement that the trial was off indefinitely sparked hope that the Bayer was ready to deal. Other cases have hinted to the same resolution. A federal case in San Francisco slated to start Feb. 24 was stopped before it began, and a California state case was postponed just after jury selection.
In 2018, Bayer purchased Roundup maker Monsanto for $62.5 billion. Had the Missouri case moved forward, it would have been the first to be tried in Monsanto’s hometown of St. Louis.
Beasley Allen lawyers are currently representing clients who have been exposed to Roundup and developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Our Roundup Litigation Team would welcome the opportunity to speak with you regarding a potential claim. For more information, contact one of the members of the Roundup Litigation Team: John Tomlinson (who heads up the team), Michael Dunphy, Danielle Ingram or Rhon Jones, all lawyers in our Toxic Torts Section.