The number of lawsuits blaming exposure to the weed killer Roundup for causing cancer has more than doubled since July to a whopping 42,700, and it is expected Germany-based Bayer may be working on a settlement in the $8-$12 billion range, analysts say.
“The number of lawsuits, first and foremost, doesn’t tell us anything about their merit,” said Bayer’s Chief Executive Werner Baumann in a media call. “The number of the lawsuits in no way, shape or form is indicative of the amount of the settlement.” Baumann further blamed the surge in lawsuits on attorney advertising designed to inform consumers that exposure to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, has been linked to cases of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Bayer acquired agri-giant Monsanto last year for $63 billion, and shortly thereafter was hit with the first of then-hundreds of cases. The first case to go to trial was brought by a school groundskeeper who used Roundup widely and believed the company when it said the herbicide was safe. After he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, he learned that glyphosate had been linked to cases of the disease and since 2015 was listed by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer as a probable carcinogen. He was awarded $289 million by a California jury. A judge later reduced that amount to $78 million.
Bayer has since lost every Roundup case to go to trial to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars, including a $2.055 billion verdict in favor of an elderly couple who both developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Attorneys at Beasley Allen Law Firm are investigating cases involving non-Hodgkin’s 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.