Bayer has asked California’s Supreme Court to review a decision awarding US$20.5 million to a groundskeeper who claimed the company’s Roundup herbicide caused his cancer, arguing the ruling was at odds with federal law and settled legal principles.
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Bayer appeals Roundup ruling

(Reuters) — Bayer has asked California’s Supreme Court to review a decision awarding US$20.5 million to a groundskeeper who claimed the company’s Roundup herbicide caused his cancer, arguing the ruling was at odds with federal law and settled legal principles. Bayer, which acquired Roundup with its purchase of Monsanto for $63 billion in 2018, said […] Read more

The agreements, between Bayer and numerous law firms in America, don't apply to potential class action lawsuits in Canada, said Tony Merchant, founder of Merchant Law Group. | File photo

Bayer glyphosate deal doesn’t apply to Canada

Bayer is committing more than US $10 billion to resolve U.S. lawsuits connected to Roundup, the company announced today. But the agreements, between Bayer and numerous law firms in America, don’t apply to potential class action lawsuits in Canada, said Tony Merchant, founder of Merchant Law Group. “We don’t really know, right now, where this […] Read more

The company said it will make a payment of $8.8 billion to $9.6 billion to resolve the current Roundup litigation - including an allowance expected to cover unresolved claims - and $1.25 billion to support a separate class agreement to address potential future litigation. Bayer did not admit liability or wrongdoing. | File photo

Bayer agrees to pay to settle Roundup lawsuits

FRANKFURT/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Bayer AG, after more than a year of talks, agreed to pay as much as $10.9 billion (USD) to settle close to 100,000 U.S. lawsuits claiming that its widely-used weedkiller Roundup caused cancer, resolving litigation that has pummeled the company’s share price. The German drugs and pesticides maker has come to […] Read more


A three-judge panel ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency substantially understated the risks related to the use of dicamba, which is found in herbicides made by Bayer and its rivals. | File photo

U.S. court blocks dicamba; says EPA understated risks

(Reuters) — Bayer has been blocked from selling its dicamba-based herbicide in the United States, the latest setback for a business that is already fighting an expensive legal battle over another of its products. A three-judge panel ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency substantially understated the risks related to the use of dicamba, which […] Read more

Bayer said after publishing its earnings outlook for 2020 it was in no rush to reach terms with plaintiffs' lawyers and was less inclined to set aside funds for any deal following recent U.S. decisions in its favour. | Bayer photo

Bayer cools prospect of imminent glyphosate settlement

LEVERKUSEN, Germany, (Reuters) – German drugs and pesticides company Bayer was at pains to quell expectations last week that it was nearing an out-of-court settlement laying to rest claims its glyphosate-based weedkillers cause cancer. Bayer said after publishing its earnings outlook for 2020 it was in no rush to reach terms with plaintiffs’ lawyers and […] Read more


More than 18,400 plaintiffs claim Roundup causes a type of cancer called non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and legal experts say Bayer, which acquired the herbicide when it bought Monsanto, and the plaintiffs face several obstacles on the path toward settlement.  |  REUTERS/Mike Blake photo

Bayer faces obstacles settling Roundup lawsuits

(Reuters) — Bayer is in mediation to potentially settle thousands of American lawsuits claiming that the company’s Roundup weed killer causes cancer, but some legal experts said the cases raise questions that may prevent an easy settlement. More than 18,400 plaintiffs claim Roundup causes a type of cancer called non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Bayer to date has […] Read more

More than 18,400 plaintiffs claim Roundup causes a type of cancer called non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. | File photo

What are the obstacles to Bayer settling Roundup lawsuits?

(Reuters) – Bayer AG is in mediation to potentially settle thousands of U.S. lawsuits claiming that the company’s Roundup weed killer causes cancer, but some legal experts said the cases raises novel questions that may prevent an easy settlement. More than 18,400 plaintiffs claim Roundup causes a type of cancer called non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Bayer to […] Read more

“We listened. We learned,” Bayer said on its website, adding that it had “heightened responsibility and ... unique potential to advance farming for the benefit of society and the planet.”
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Bayer looks for new herbicides

FRANKFURT, Germany (Reuters) — Germany’s Bayer seeks to repair its reputation after damage caused by litigation in United States over claims its glyphosate pesticide causes cancer. It has promised to invest five billion euros (C$7.5 billion) in weed killer research. Bayer’s shares hit seven-year lows after a California couple was last month awarded more than […] Read more


Glyphosate is a key ingredient in Roundup | File photo

Bayer to invest $7.5 billion in weedkiller research to help reputation

FRANKFURT, June 14 (Reuters) – Germany’s Bayer sought to repair its reputation on Friday after damage caused by U.S. litigation over claims its glyphosate pesticide causes cancer, saying it would invest 5 billion euros (CDN $7.5 billion) in weedkiller research. Bayer’s shares hit seven-year lows after a California couple was last month awarded more than […] Read more

The lead plaintiff in the lawsuit is a man who farms near Moose Jaw and was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma five years ago. The farmer contacted Merchant Law Group last September. | File photo

Sask. farmer leads class action glyphosate lawsuit

A Moose Jaw, Sask., farmer who was diagnosed with cancer five years ago is leading a class action lawsuit against Bayer and Monsanto. The lawsuit, filed in Saskatchewan, contends that exposure to Roundup herbicide contributed to his cancer and the cancer of other Canadians participating in the class action. As well, the suit claims Monsanto, […] Read more