A jury in California has ordered Bayer to pay more than $2 billion to a couple who developed cancer after using Roundup, its glyphosate-based weedkiller. Bayer became liable for the damages after it bought Monsanto, the weedkiller’s manufacturer, last year.
This is the third time that Bayer has been ordered to pay damages over Roundup, and the highest amount yet awarded. Dewayne Johnson, a school groundskeeper, was awarded $289 million last year, while Edwin Hardeman was awarded $80 million in March of this year. Both men developed cancer after using the weedkiller.
With a further 13,400 Roundup-related lawsuits outstanding against Bayer in state and federal courts in the United States, its share price having plummeted and even its credit rating now under scrutiny, the company’s future is clearly at threat.
To read about Bayer’s century-long history of putting profit over life, see this article on our website.