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November 22, 2023

Cole County, Missouri: Biotech company Bayer was ordered to pay $1.65 billion to three plaintiffs who were diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma that they alleged was caused by using Roundup pesticide on their family property. Bayer purchased Monsanto in 2018 and maintains that Roundup is safe for human use. Bayer was found liable for not informing plaintiffs of the potential dangers of using the Roundup, along with claims of negligence and design defects.

The verdict was the fourth straight loss in court for Bayer, which has recently doled out more than $500 million in the previous three litigation losses. The company had been found not liable to plaintiffs in nine consecutive trials before that. In 2020, Bayer settled most of the then-pending Roundup cases for up to $10.9 billion.

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