Glyphosate: mother of cancer victim loses case against Roundup, Bayer wins for first time

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For the first time Bayer has won a lawsuit against those who accused its glyphosate-based Roundup of causing childhood cancer

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Glyphosate is not the cause of childhood cancer affecting Ezra Clark, a Californian child. With these reasons, the jury effectively allowed Bayer to win a lawsuit against its controversial glyphosate herbicide Roundup for the first time.

We have told you several times about the trials against Bayer AG, brought by citizens who accuse Roundup of being the cause of the appearance of tumors in adults and children (in particular non-Hodgkin's lymphoma). To date, all the proceedings already concluded have proved the plaintiffs right, condemning the multinational to heavy compensation. Read also: Glyphosate can cause non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, crushing defeat for Bayer

It is no coincidence that Bayer has decided to allocate $ 2 billion for future cancer claims and has also made it known that it will stop selling glyphosate-based herbicides to consumers by 2023.   

Now, however, a California jury has for the first time agreed with the multinational. Bayer won the lawsuit brought by Destiny Clark, mother of Ezra, a child who developed Burkitt's lymphoma after being exposed to Roundup which she sprayed on weeds at the family home.

We had already talked about Ezra's story in relation to the case of Donnetta Stephens who in another lawsuit against Bayer is continuing to fight together with her son to confirm the correlation between the use of the herbicide and the appearance of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.  

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The Clark family is suing Monsanto (now owned by Bayer) for failing to warn of the cancer risk from using Roundup.

According to the jury, however, this was not the case: the herbicide was not considered the triggering cause of this rare form of cancer.   

After 3 previous verdicts against Bayer, the fourth is in favor of the company which obviously feels satisfied and has already stated in a statement that the victory is consistent with decades of science and research demonstrating the safety of glyphosate, the main ingredient of Roundup. 

The Clark family has said they will consider appealing. 

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Source: Reuters 

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