Roundup lawsuits have been hitting the headlines these days. Many of them were mentioned in the press just this week. In recent years, in the wake of large-scale instances of government overreach — as the drug czar (and former Starbucks CEO) is trying to do with the herbicide, Roundup — and climate change, the courts have ruled that some claims against crop herbicides must be made.
Why? All because many plaintiffs have accused Monsanto, involved in the production of Roundup (a weed killer), of having caused them to acquire non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Part of the company's strategy has been to concentrate on genetically engineering crops to incorporate glyphosate into them. They are also researching the possibility of using the herbicide to gain control over wild plants by finding a chemical that renders them unsuitable for hunting.
In many cases, there were postponements, but, in many cases, the people have won their lawsuits against the company.
What Is Roundup and Why Could It Cause Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma?
It is relatively well known that Roundup is used regularly in the USA, mainly for spraying in crops and to control weeds that have invaded our crops. The complaints were caused by the toxicity of the weed killer. There are at least 13,000 different plaintiffs who have filed lawsuits against Monsanto, a subsidiary of Bayer. It has been stated that if all cases are heard and won, plaintiffs could be awarded between USD 2 and 10 billion dollars.
How Did Bayer Acquire Monsanto?
Bayer acquired Monsanto in June 2018. This was right at the beginning of the first case in which a lawsuit was filed about the adverse effects of the Roundup. Bayer suffered from this case. Monsanto concealed the fact that the herbicide was terrible for people's health, and Bayer stock suffered a blow. Bayer bought Monsanto for 63 billion dollars. Bayer was able to enter into agreements with many of the plaintiffs, except with large companies such as The Miller Firm and Weitz & Luxenberg. Together, these two companies alone have over 20,000 plaintiffs.
It Looks Bad for Bayer
As Germany's agricultural and health care giant, Bayer has already taken on a lot of the lawsuits that are coming their way because of the Monsanto-Roundup problems. While several states have already banned Monsanto's chemical products, Monsanto's New Mexico attorney general, Hector Balderas, warned Monday that the state could look for the company to be charged with polluting under the Endangered Species Act if it won't voluntarily end its uses of the herbicides. Michael Lewis, executive director of the advocacy group Food & Water Watch, told Huffington Post, “Monsanto's conduct is nothing short of a crime. It's disgusting that the Texas bill allows them to file claims in their own name and ask for damages with no transparency as to how the courts will rule. The number of cases has more than doubled in the last three months. Bayer says the herbicide does not cause cancer and is safe to use. There are attractive cases left and right, and they are also doing quite a bit of mediation.
Advertising on The Plaintiffs Side
Most of the new cases that have arisen are due to television advertising aimed at involving people in the fight against Roundup. This advertising cost over $50 million. Bayer plans to fight these cases in court at all costs, and they want to know what their liability will be capped in the future. It is fighting these cases in the courts hard so that it can continue to defend its position that the herbicide is safe and does not cause cancer.
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The Roundup weed killer uses glyphosate as a component. Roundup is no longer patented, and other companies use glyphosate in the production of their weed killers. There are many on the market. This is one of the facts that Bayer uses in its strategy to prove its innocence.
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