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Man Awarded $2.25B in Latest Roundup Lawsuit

Bayer calls award 'unconstitutionally excessive'

(Newser) - Bayer has been ordered to pay a Pennsylvania man $2.25 billion in a verdict that "sends a clear message that this multi-national corporation needs top to bottom change," the man's lawyers say. A jury awarded the man the sum—which includes $2 billion in damages—after...

Monsanto to Open Its Wallet Wide Again After Latest Verdict

Jury orders pharma giant to pay $857M to 7 sickened at school in Washington state

(Newser) - Six weeks after a California jury ordered Bayer's Monsanto to pay $332 million to a man who claimed his cancer was caused by Roundup weed killer, a jury in Washington state has ordered the pharmaceutical giant to pay $857 million to seven people who claimed they were likewise sickened...

Jury Awards Man $332M in Roundup Lawsuit

California man said weedkiller caused his cancer

(Newser) - A California jury has awarded $332 million to a man who sued chemical giant Monsanto Co. contending that his cancer was related to decades of using its Roundup weedkiller. A San Diego Superior Court jury awarded damages in a lawsuit filed by Mike Dennis, 57, of Carlsbad. He was diagnosed...

SCOTUS: Bring On the Roundup Lawsuits
SCOTUS: Bring On
the Roundup Lawsuits

SCOTUS: Bring On the Roundup Lawsuits

Court upholds $25M judgment for Edwin Hardeman, paving path to further legal action

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has rejected Bayer's appeal to shut down thousands of lawsuits claiming that its Roundup weed killer causes cancer. The justices on Tuesday left in place a $25 million judgment in favor of Edwin Hardeman, a California man who says he developed cancer from using Roundup for...

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

The German company faces a lawsuit that involves subsidiary Monsanto

(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...

For Ailing Couple, a $1.9B Disappointment Over Roundup

Judge cuts award due to Alva and Alberta Pilliod from Bayer from $2B to $86.7M

(Newser) - If $2 billion-plus seems like an astonishing amount to award in a lawsuit involving Roundup weed killer, a California judge just agreed. In May, a jury awarded $1 billion each in punitive damages to Alva and Alberta Pilliod, a husband and wife in their 70s who say they used the...

Judge May Have Just Saved Monsanto $55M

Bayer still plans to appeal March verdict over Roundup's alleged link to cancer

(Newser) - Jurors awarded too much money to a man who claims Roundup weed killer gave him cancer, according to a federal judge. Judge Vince Chhabria on Monday reduced damages to be paid to Edwin Hardeman by Monsanto owner Bayer from $80 million to $25 million. Chhabria said $20 million in punitive...

Couple With Cancer Awarded $2B in Roundup Lawsuit

Bayer faces shareholder revolt

(Newser) - Bayer lost its third Roundup lawsuit in a row Monday, with the jury awarding a couple an amount that dwarfs the verdicts in the previous two. The California jury awarded Alva and Alberta Pilliod, a couple in their 70s who blame the herbicide for their non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, $1 billion...

'40 Years of Corporate Malfeasance': a 2nd Ruling on Roundup

Jury finds weed killer caused Edwin Hardeman's cancer; next phase is whether Bayer AG is liable

(Newser) - Only two cases out of more than 11,000 Roundup suits have gone to trial in the US, and as of Tuesday, they both had the same result: A jury found that the glyphosate-filled weed killer causes cancer. Reuters notes that's only phase one, however, in Edwin Hardeman's...

Calif. Man OK With Getting $211M Less From Monsanto

Dewayne Johnson could have demanded a new trial

(Newser) - A Northern California groundskeeper said Wednesday that he'll accept a judge's reduced verdict of $78 million against Monsanto after a jury found the company's weed killer caused his cancer. Dewayne Johnson's attorney formally informed the San Francisco Superior Court that he wouldn't contest the judge'...

Monsanto Plaintiff Gets Good News, and $211M in Bad News

Judge upholds verdict against company but substantially cuts punitive damages award

(Newser) - A Northern California judge on Monday upheld a jury's verdict that found Monsanto's weed killer caused a groundskeeper's cancer, but she slashed the amount of money to be paid from $289 million to $78 million. In denying Monsanto's request for a new trial, San Francisco Superior...

Scientists Make 'Critical' Find on Honeybees, Herbicide

Glyphosate, used in Monsanto's Roundup, may kill off insects' essential gut bacteria

(Newser) - Animals don't seem to be harmed by the world's most widely used weedkiller, but bees apparently don't fall under that protective umbrella. "This is really critical," one entomologist tells Science of a new study showing the digestive system of honeybees (and possibly other bees as...

Vietnam: $289M Verdict Against Monsanto Sets Precedent

The country wants Monsanto to pay for Agent Orange use

(Newser) - Bayer may want to pop one of its namesake aspirins. In addition to facing some 8,000 lawsuits ( at last count ) claiming that glyphosate herbicides produced by Monsanto—a company that the drugmaker bought in June—cause cancer, Vietnam is now demanding compensation because of the use of...

Ex-Groundskeeper Wins $289M From Monsanto: Case 'Bigger Than Me'

Dewayne Johnson wins suit against company in San Francisco

(Newser) - A San Francisco jury on Friday ordered agribusiness giant Monsanto to pay $289 million to an ex-school groundskeeper dying of cancer, saying the company's Roundup weed killer contributed to his disease. Dewayne Johnson's suit was the first of thousands of cases filed in state and federal courts alleging...

Judge Delivers Bad News to Makers of Roundup

Hundreds of lawsuits alleging a link to cancer move forward

(Newser) - A federal judge ruled Tuesday that hundreds of lawsuits by people attributing their cancer to the weed-killer Roundup can proceed to trial, reports Reuters . Despite referring to expert opinions that active ingredient glyphosate causes cancer as "shaky," US District Judge Vince Chhabria concluded that a jury might find...

Dying Man Gets His Day in Court Against Monsanto
Dying Man Gets
His Day in Court
Against Monsanto
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Dying Man Gets His Day in Court Against Monsanto

He blames Roundup for his cancer

(Newser) - DeWayne Johnson is going to die—but first, he will see the company he blames for his cancer in court. Johnson, a 46-year-old father of three, is the first of hundreds of cancer patients suing Monsanto to have his case go to trial, the International Business Times reports. The California...

New Owners Will Lose Monsanto Name
New Owners Will Lose
Monsanto Name

New Owners Will Lose Monsanto Name

The agri-chemical company will get some new branding once it's officially acquired by Bayer

(Newser) - Monsanto , a name many critics equate with genetically modified crops and the heavy use of herbicides, will be rebranded once German pharma leader Bayer takes the helm, NPR reports. Bayer announced in 2016 it would acquire the agri-chemical business and this week said, following the takeover, "Monsanto will...

Monsanto Weed Killer Is Huge, Contentious—and Incentivized

Monsanto offering a big rebate to farmers who use XtendiMax on soybeans in 2018

(Newser) - The crop in question is soybeans, but there's now a big carrot involved. Reuters reports Monsanto is offering what can amount to a more than 50% rebate to farmers who agree to use the herbicide XtendiMax with VaporGrip on their 2018 soybean crop. A rep for Monsanto calls use...

Unexpected Ben & Jerry's Ingredient: Herbicide

Traces of glyphosate found in ice cream samples

(Newser) - Ben & Jerry's: non-GMO , fair trade , made with " caring dairy " and cage-free eggs , concerned with the environment ... and containing herbicide? The popular ice cream brand is under fire after the Organic Consumers Association released Tuesday a list of food brands found to contain traces of glyphosate, the...

California Has Bad News for Signature Monsanto Product

Glyphosate, active ingredient in Roundup, to be added to state's carcinogens list

(Newser) - California's latest environmental and health crackdown has Monsanto in its crosshairs: Reuters reports that as of July 7, glyphosate , the herbicide serving as the main ingredient in the agrochemical company's Roundup weed killer, will take a spot on the Golden State's list of cancer-causing chemicals, per the...

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