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Bayer: We'll Settle Suit With $10.9B Payment

The German company faces a lawsuit that involves subsidiary Monsanto
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 24, 2020 2:20 PM CDT

(Newser) – German pharmaceutical company Bayer says it's paying up to $10.9 billion to settle a lawsuit over subsidiary Monsanto’s weedkiller Roundup, which has faced numerous lawsuits over claims it causes cancer, the AP reports. In a statement Wednesday, Bayer said it was also paying up $1.22 billion to settle two further cases, one involving PCB in water. The Leverkusen-based company said the Roundup settlement would "bring closure to approximately 75%" of the current 125,000 filed and unfiled claims. It said the agreement is subject to approval by Judge Vince Chhabria of the US District Court for the Northern District of California.

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Bayer said it would also pay up to $400 million to settle cases involving the weedkiller dicamba having drifted onto plants that weren't bred to resist it, killing them. A further payment of up to $820 million will be made to settle "most" claims for exposure to PCB, a highly carcinogenic substance, that Monsanto produced until 1977 and which has been found in US waters. Bayer said it would start making payments this year and these would be financed from existing liquidity, future income, proceeds from the sale of its animal health business, and the issuance of additional bonds.

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