On June 24, 2020, it was announced that Bayer agreed to pay in excess of $10 billion to settle 95,000 claims regarding Roundup, the world’s best-known weedkiller. The settlement also includes $1.25 billion to cover future claims. Bayer still faces at least 30,000 claims from plaintiffs who did not join the settlement.
Plaintiffs contend that glyphosate, the key ingredient in Roundup, causes non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. There have been three trials to date and they resulted in verdicts of $289 million, $80 million, and $2 billion. Settlement talks began over a year ago and the current Coronavirus pandemic worked to the advantage of settlement because the threat of a scheduled trial was unavailable. According to reports, plaintiffs who opted-in to the settlement will receive between $5,000-$250,000, depending on the strength of their case.
Glyphosate was first introduced in 1974, but its journey to becoming the world’s No. 1 weedkiller gained momentum in 1996 after genetically modified seeds were developed that could survive Roundup’s concentrated attack on weeds.
If you or someone you know used Roundup and was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, please contact an attorney at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner by calling 713-231-9360 or toll free at 1‑800-594-4884.