Monsanto Now Faces 11,000 Lawsuits Over Roundup-Cancer Link

March 7, 2019 at 12:34 pm

After a judge recently awarded $78 million to a man claiming glyphosate caused his cancer, 11,200 lawsuits have piled up against Monsanto.

The number of cancer lawsuits against Monsanto have more than doubled since German pharmaceutical giant Bayer bought the company last June.

Bayer now facing lawsuits from around 11,200 plaintiffs, who claim Monsanto’s glyphosate-based weedkillers Roundup and Ranger Pro caused their non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

Last October, the agro-chemical giant was ordered to pay $78 million in damages to a California school-groundskeeper dying of non-Hodgkins lymphoma after regular exposure to Roundup.

Bayer revealed the figure Wednesday as it announced its results for fiscal year 2018.

“Full-year net earnings were down more than three-quarters due to a $3.8 billion impairment charge and a $2.3 billion charge in connection with Bayer’s acquisition of Roundup maker Monsanto,” Fortune reports.

Bayer’s shares took a battering last year from court judgements relating to glyphosate.

“We have the science on our side and will continue to vigorously defend this important and safe herbicide for modern and sustainable farming,”  Bayer chairman Werner Baumann told Fortune.

Whether the company has science on its side is  still up for debate.

A new meta-analysis of five studies concludes the overall evidence “supports a compelling link” between exposure to glyphosate-based herbicides and increased risk for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

A high-profile federal trial about that link between Roundup and cancer is currently underway in California.

The World Health Organization classifies glyphosate as a “probable carcinogen.”

The State of California classifies it as a “known carcinogen.”

What is clear is Monsanto/Bayer no longer has public opinion in its side, with Costco and Miami recently becoming the first major retailer and city to ban its weedkillers.