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


A U.S. jury on Tuesday found Bayer AG's glyphosate-based weed killer caused a man's non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in a bellwether trial that may help determine the course of hundreds of similar cases. | File photo

U.S. jury finds Bayer’s Roundup caused man’s cancer

March 19 (Reuters) – A U.S. jury on Tuesday found Bayer AG’s glyphosate-based weed killer caused a man’s non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in a bellwether trial that may help determine the course of hundreds of similar cases. The finding by the unanimous jury in San Francisco federal court clears the way for that same jury to determine […] Read more

Bayer AG faced a second American jury Feb. 25 over allegations that its popular glyphosate-based weed killer Roundup causes cancer.
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U.S. trial tests claim chemicals in Roundup caused cancer

(Reuters) — Bayer AG faced a second American jury Feb. 25 over allegations that its popular glyphosate-based weed killer Roundup causes cancer. The trial comes six months after the company’s share price was rocked by a US$289 million verdict in California state court. The lawsuit by California resident Edwin Hardeman against the company began in […] Read more

Bayer's $63 billion purchase of U.S. seeds maker Monsanto made its mark on the German company's fourth quarter earnings on Wednesday, lifting profit and boding well for the peak season of its enlarged agriculture business. | Bayer photo

Bayer reaps profit lift from Monsanto seeds, consumer health

LEVERKUSEN, Germany, (Reuters) – Bayer’s $63 billion purchase of U.S. seeds maker Monsanto made its mark on the German company’s fourth quarter earnings on Wednesday, lifting profit and boding well for the peak season of its enlarged agriculture business. However, mounting litigation risks related to Monsanto still cast a pall over an adjusted core earnings […] Read more


BASF has agreed to buy seed and herbicide businesses from Bayer for 5.9 billion euros (US$7 billion) in cash, as Bayer tries to convince competition authorities to approve its planned acquisition of Monsanto. | Screencap via www.basf.com

BASF to buy Bayer’s seed, herbicide businesses for $7 billion

FRANKFURT, Oct 13 (Reuters) – BASF has agreed to buy seed and herbicide businesses from Bayer for 5.9 billion euros (US$7 billion) in cash, as Bayer tries to convince competition authorities to approve its planned acquisition of Monsanto. BASF, the world’s third-largest maker of crop chemicals, has so far avoided seed assets and instead pursued […] Read more

Bayer's LifeScience Center division, along with biotech firm Ginkgo Bioworks, is forming a startup to focus on developing biological solutions to reduce the use of nitrogen-based fertilizer, or make farmers' use more efficient, company officials said this week. | File photo

Bayer joins in $100 million investment bet on bio fertilizer

CHICAGO, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Germany’s Bayer AG, one of the world’s biggest agricultural chemical companies, is joining a $100 million bet that the next big breakthrough in crop fertilizers will be found inside a biological Petri dish. Its Bayer LifeScience Center division, along with biotech firm Ginkgo Bioworks, is forming a startup to focus […] Read more