After years of litigation, German chemical and pharmaceutical giant Bayer is finally following through with its legal responsibilities. On Wednesday, June 24th, 2020, the company announced their plans to settle thousands of lawsuits brought forth by victims who alleged that they contracted cancer after using the weedkiller Roundup, which is manufactured by Monsanto – a subsidiary of Bayer. The monumental multi-billion dollar payout is one of the largest settlements in United States history.
Earlier this month, a jury in the city of Oakland, California, decided against Monsanto and its new German pharmaceutical parent company, Bayer, in a case brought against them by a couple suffering from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The two plaintiffs, both in their 70s, are residents of Livermore, a town that is about 40 miles away from San Francisco.
An Alameda County jury has issued yet another massive blow against agribusiness giant Monsanto to the tune of a $2 billion settlement awarded to a California couple who claimed that their cancer was caused by exposure to Roundup, the company’s top-selling glyphosate-based weed killer product.
Many people throughout the nation have been watching the drama of the lawsuit filed by an individual against the massive corporation Monsanto. Now a part of the German pharmaceutical company Bayer, Monsanto was accused by Edwin Hardeman, a resident of Santa Rosa, CA, of adding chemicals into their herbicides that resulted in his developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The reason this case has been so closely watched is that it is both the first of its kind, as well as likely to set the standards to which the more than 9,000 similar lawsuits now filed across the United States will adhere. In a massive victory for the people over a corporate entity, a federal jury in San Francisco found that Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup had contributed significantly to Hardeman’s contraction of cancer.
The numerous lawsuits that have been filed against the Monsanto Corporation are well-known. Thousands and thousands of individuals, many of them farmers, have let the full extent of their suffering be known in order that the Monsanto Corporation might be brought to task for their deliberate withholding of information regarding the tremendously dangerous chemicals which they use throughout many of their products, most noticeable within Roundup weedkiller.