Bayer has agreed to pay more than $ 10 billion to settle 95 disputes over glyphosate accused of causing cancerHe is about to end up run over, his mother saves him
When Bayer bought Monsanto two years ago, the company knew it would also inherit Roundup glyphosate. What he didn't foresee was all the legal battles over whether the herbicide caused cancer. Now the pharmaceutical giant has agreed to pay more than 10 billion dollars to resolve 95 disputes. Even if another 25 thousand remain standing by people who have not accepted the transaction.
The deal, announced directly on Bayer's website, comes after the multinational has already closed hundreds of lawsuits, in which farmers and citizens put the world's most famous herbicide in the dock and accuse it of making them sick with non-lymphoma. Hodgkin. We have talked about the maxi compensation in recent years, since Bayer bought the Roundup in 2018 for about 65 billion dollars. The last sentence dates back to May 14, 2019 with a compensation of 2,05 billion dollars to Alva and Alberta Pilliod because the link between cancer and the use of glyphosate had been proven for thirty years. In March 2019, however, Bayer had to pay 80 million to Edwin Haderman, who also suffered from cancer. As was the case with Dewayne Johson, a former park keeper who got 78,5 million on appeal.
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The deal was "extraordinarily complex" because it includes separate deals with 25 law firms whose clients will receive different amounts from each other.
“First and foremost, this is the right action at the right time for Bayer to end a long period of uncertainty,” said Werner Baumann, Bayer CEO. “It resolves most of the current complaints and establishes a clear mechanism to manage the risks of potential future litigation. The decision to resolve the dispute allows us to fully focus on the critical provision of health care and food. It will also return the conversation about the safety and usefulness of glyphosate-based herbicides in the scientific and regulatory arena and throughout the scientific body ”.
But on the safety of herbicides, the chapter has been going on for years: in 2015 the European Food Safety Authority (Efsa) had established that glyphosate alone "has no genotoxic potential" and that "no evidence of carcinogenicity was observed in rats or mice ". But the IARC thinks differently, arguing that there is clear evidence of toxicity. For its part, Bayer has always defended itself: if used correctly, glyphosate does not involve risks. Yet for years, he continues to have to defend himself in court.
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