Roundup Weedkiller: 42,000 plaintiffs Sue Bayer over Glyphosate

Posted on Oct 30 2019 - 8:23pm by Sustainable Pulse

Lawsuits against Bayer are on the rise over claims that the company’s weedkiller causes cancer. The legal cases have taken a toll on Bayer’s share price and reputation.


More than 42,000 plaintiffs have joined lawsuits against German chemical giant Bayer, blaming the company’s glyphosate-based weedkiller for their cancer.

The number of plaintiffs, largely brought by US citizens, is now at 42,700 — more than double the 18,400 reported in the middle of July, Bayer announced on Wednesday.

The legal cases all concern Roundup, a weedkiller with controversial active ingredient glyphosate.

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“This significant increase is clearly driven by the plaintiff-side television advertising spend which is estimated to have roughly doubled in the third quarter compared with the entire first half of the year,” Bayer said in a statement.

“However, the number of lawsuits says nothing about their merits,” it added.

Claims against the company gathered momentum following a lawsuit in August 2018 that found Monsanto, a Bayer subsidiary, should have warned of alleged cancer risks associated with its glyphosate-based weedkillers.

The company said it was engaged in a mediation process ordered by a federal judge in California.

In 2015, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) said glyphosate, the world’s most commonly used herbicide, was “probably carcinogenic to humans.”

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  1. Emerson Diane November 1, 2019 at 16:44 - Reply

    I have been tracking the number of lawsuits, and thought readers might want to see how rapidly they are increasing:

    Feb 28, 2019: There are more than 9,000 claims pending against Monsanto in state courts, about 620 awaiting trial in federal court.

    In May, 2019, now over 13,400 plaintiffs:

    August 6, 2019: Bayer this week said that the number of Roundup-related lawsuits—filed against the company by people who allege that exposure to the weedkiller caused their cancer—is now approximately 18,400.

    November 1, 2019: the number of lawsuits is now over 42,000

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