Hours before the fourth Roundup trial alleging exposure to Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup caused non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, the case was put on hold. Bayer, which acquired agrochemical company Monsanto in 2018, said in a statement that both parties had agreed to put the brakes on proceeding with the trial while the company continued working with mediator Ken Feinberg to broker a settlement deal for at least 42,000 similar lawsuits consolidated in a federal multidistrict litigation.
“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,” the company 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 fourth trial was slated to begin Friday in Missouri state court. All previous cases were held in California. The first ended in a $289 million verdict for the plaintiff, which was later reduced to $78 million; the second resulted in an $80 million verdict, which was later reduced to $25 million; and the third ended in a stunning $2.055 billion verdict for an elderly couple who each developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Earlier this month, Mr. Feinberg told Bloomberg that he was “cautiously optimistic” that Bayer could was close to reaching a comprehensive settlement agreement with plaintiffs, and cautioned that the number of cases could jump as high as 75,000 or 85,000, “maybe more.”
If the Missouri trial moves forward, it will be the first to take place in Monsanto’s hometown of St. Louis. The company was acquired in 2018 by Germany-based Bayer AG for $62 billion.
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.