Roundup Weed Killer, the product owned by Bayer had sprouted hundreds of cases in regards to afflicting the users with cancer. While it has succeeded in getting to reduce the third trial verdict. The local husband and wife who blamed the company for non-Hodgkin lymphoma diagnoses will be awarded $86.7 Million.
The couple asked for $55 Million in compensation and $2Billion in punitive damage but the California Judge ruled out the hearing with $17 Million and $67 Million respectively. According to the Superior Court, Judge Winifred Smith of the California Superior Court in Oakland said that the money asked for damages were excessive and unconstitutional.
Bayers inherited the product when it acquired Monsanto Co for $66 Billion. It came under the fire after losing three trials in California. The lawsuit stemmed out when the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a World Health Organization unit said that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic to humans.”
Earlier Bayer said the Judge to completely throw out the verdict as the couple in the ’70s were using the product for 35 years. The couple was diagnosed with cancer four years apart in 2011 and 2015. The judge was presented with the evidence that Monsanto didn’t provide the users with potential cancer caution.
Judge Winifred Smith wrote that “there is evidence that Monsanto had information that was not available to the scientific or medical community and that it sought to impede, discourage, or distort scientific inquiry and the resulting science.”
While Pilliods lawyers said that the money will ease up the pain and suffering caused to the plaintiffs. It added that the reduced awarded money is a step in the right direction but that the company continues to believe the verdict and damages “are not supported by the evidence at trial and conflict with the extensive body of reliable science and conclusions of leading health regulators.”
Bayer is scheduled with more trials over the months, one in August in St. Louis County, home to much of the legacy Monsanto business and also have recruited Missouri-based expert witnesses to help with their case.