Bayer has agreed to pay $6.9 million to settle claims by New York Attorney General Letitia James that it misled consumers by advertising Roundup weedkiller, which has been linked to cancer, as environmentally safe.
When acquiring Monsanto in 2018, Bayer inherited over 100,000 lawsuits filed by people who say they were harmed as a result of exposure to the company’s glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup. The filing of these suits followed an announcement in 2015 by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) that glyphosate was “probably carcinogenic to humans”. Studies have since provided “compelling evidence” that the chemical increases the risk of developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system.
Settling Roundup lawsuits has already cost Bayer approximately $11 billion. Legal costs have added still further to this figure. Around 80 percent of cases filed have reportedly been settled, with up to 30,000 still outstanding. But with American lawyers still actively seeking new plaintiffs, the class action is ongoing.
To read more about Bayer and its purchase of Roundup manufacturer Monsanto, see this article on our website.