Bayer settles U.S. Roundup, dicamba and PCB litigation for more than $10 billion

In an expensive clean-up of Monsanto litigation messes, Bayer AG said Wednesday that it will pay out more than $10 billion to settle tens of thousands of U.S. claims brought against Monsanto over its Roundup herbicide, as well as $400 million to resolve lawsuits over Monsanto’s dicamba herbicide and $650 million for PCB pollution claims. … Continue reading “Bayer settles U.S. Roundup, dicamba and PCB litigation for more than $10 billion”

Big Ag groups argue court cannot tell EPA when to ban dicamba

The heaviest of Big Ag’s heavy hitters told a federal court it should not try to stop GMO cotton and soybean farmers from using illegal dicamba weed killers through the end of July, despite the court’s order earlier this month for an immediate ban. Six national trade associations, all of which have long-standing financial ties … Continue reading “Big Ag groups argue court cannot tell EPA when to ban dicamba”

Roundup cancer plaintiffs eagerly await settlement news

Thousands of cancer patients and their families around the United States were notified this week that a comprehensive settlement of their claims against the former Monsanto Co. should be announced before the end of the month. Though specific settlement amounts for specific plaintiffs are still to be determined, groups of plaintiffs have been told to … Continue reading “Roundup cancer plaintiffs eagerly await settlement news”

Appeals court hears arguments over Monsanto’s first Roundup trial loss

A California jury decision blaming a Monsanto herbicide for a school groundskeeper’s cancer was deeply flawed and incompatible with the law, a Monsanto attorney told a panel of appellate judges on Tuesday. The company’s glyphosate-based herbicides – popularly known as Roundup – have the full backing of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and “regulators around … Continue reading “Appeals court hears arguments over Monsanto’s first Roundup trial loss”

Dicamba: Farmers fear another season of crop damage; court ruling awaited

With the turn of the calendar to June, farmers in the U.S. Midwest are wrapping up the planting of new soybean crops and tending to growing fields of young corn plants and vegetable plots. But many are also bracing to be hit by an invisible enemy that has wreaked havoc in farm country the last … Continue reading “Dicamba: Farmers fear another season of crop damage; court ruling awaited”

Stuart Smyth’s agrichemical industry ties and funding

Stuart Smyth, PhD, promotes and defends genetically engineered foods and pesticides as an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Saskatchewan. Since 2014, he has held the Industry Funded Research Chair in Agri-Food Innovation. Industry funding Funders (described as “investing partners”) of Smyth’s research chair position include Bayer CropScience … Continue reading “Stuart Smyth’s agrichemical industry ties and funding”

Fresh talk of a settlement between Bayer and Roundup cancer patients

There was renewed talk of a potential settlement this week between Bayer AG and tens of thousands of cancer patients as a key court hearing looms next week. According to a report in Bloomberg, lawyers for Bayer have reached verbal agreements with U.S. lawyers representing at least 50,000 plaintiffs who are suing Monsanto over claims … Continue reading “Fresh talk of a settlement between Bayer and Roundup cancer patients”

Questions for the Bayer Shareholder Meeting: by Carey Gillam

Earlier this year, our colleague Carey Gillam was offered a speaking slot by a Bayer shareholders’ group at the company’s annual meeting in Bonn, Germany. Due to Covid-19, the in-person meeting has been canceled and the Bayer shareholders convened in a virtual meeting on April 28 at 10:00 Central European Summer Time (CEST). In lieu of … Continue reading “Questions for the Bayer Shareholder Meeting: by Carey Gillam”

Cross-appeals in first Monsanto Roundup cancer trial to be heard in June

A California appeals court has set a June hearing for cross appeals resulting from the first-ever trial over  allegations that Monsanto’s herbicides cause cancer. The United States Court of Appeal First Appellate District said Thursday that it was setting a hearing for June 2 in the case of Dewayne “Lee” Johnson v. Monsanto. The hearing … Continue reading “Cross-appeals in first Monsanto Roundup cancer trial to be heard in June”

Bayer said to be reneging on Roundup settlement deals as virus closes courthouses

Bayer AG is reneging on negotiated settlements with several U.S. law firms representing thousands of plaintiffs who claim exposure to Monsanto’s Roundup herbicides caused them to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma, sources involved in the litigation said on Friday. The reversal comes as U.S. courts are closed to the public because of the spreading coronavirus, eliminating the … Continue reading “Bayer said to be reneging on Roundup settlement deals as virus closes courthouses”

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