August 19, 2021 – San Diego, CA. Once America’s most hated brand Monsanto, creator of weed killer spray Roundup, faced with over 125,000 lawsuits sold its product line to Bayer AG in 2018 for $63 billion.
Bayer inherited a massive legal headache. Bayer was swamped with lawsuits claiming that the toxic spray was responsible for victim’s non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Back in 2018 after the purchase Bayer CEO Werner Baumann said he “has no regrets for the Monsanto purchase.”
However once the American legal machine began working, Bayer prepared to face a never ending cycle of lawsuits, set aside $4.5 billion, in addition to $2 billion that was already in place, to battle these lawsuits.
Battle they did…and they were able to resolve about 75% of the cases with close to a $10 billion settlement. Fast forward to today; Bayer still has close to 30,000 pending cases and potentially more cases as more claimants come forth. The majority of these non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma cases are from residential use of the weed-killer on yards and gardens.
Later this month Bayer will ask the US Supreme court to review a past ruling in favor of Mr. Edwin Hardeman, whose trial was outside of the settlement, won a multi-million dollar verdict.
If the court rules in favor of Bayer that could in the words of Baumann “would effectively end potential future litigation.”
Ultimately Bayer will remove the entire product line from the market in 2023, simply to avoid more costly lawsuit claims.
Andrew Kimbrell, executive director of the Center for Food safety issued this statement:
“Bayer’s decision to end U.S. residential sale[s] of Roundup is a historic victory for public health and the environment,” He went on to say: “As agricultural, large-scale use of this toxic pesticide continues, our farm workers remain at risk. It’s time for EPA to act and ban glyphosate for all uses.”
Of the many studies done on glyphosate and the link to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, another study found glyphosate is associated with fatty liver disease in humans.
New research has shown the powerful chemical is linked to liver disease in animal studies, but this study is the first to find a link in humans. (link to study below)
Roundup has been used by farmers around the world to kill weeds without harming their crops, which are genetically modified to withstand the effects of glyphosate. Roundup has been used by home gardeners since the 1970s, but its use grew significantly in the late 1990s after Roundup Ready Seeds were introduced to the market.
It appears that with all the new research and the massive amount of money being set aside for pending cases has finally pressured Bayer to make this change across all of its glyphosate containing products.
Bayer says the new formulas will: “rely on alternative active ingredients” in order to “manage litigation risk and not because of any safety concerns.”
So there you have it, Bayer doesn’t really care about the many studies done showing links to both blood cancer and fatty liver disease, it’s all about the bottom dollar. No surprise here, since our law firm has always said “Big pharma puts profits over people”. We’re proud that the Schmidt National Law Firm was able help over 600 Roundup claimants get the justice they deserve.
As of last month the herbicide called paraquat (brand name Gramoxone) has also come under scrutiny by the legal world since studies have now shown a possible link of paraquat exposure to Parkinson’s disease. Paraquat is banned in the European Union, and loosely restricted in the United States. It’s widely used in Asia and many third world counties.
In the U.S. paraquat is not banned but is a restricted use pesticide, meaning you must have a certification to use it, mix-it, and transfer it. Paraquat risks not only for farms and field workers, but also home owners.
Research done in 2009 by the American Journal of Epidemiology pointed out that any exposure to paraquat within 1,600 feet of a home resulted in a greater risk of developing Parkinson’s disease at 75%.
So it is highly possible that pressure from both environmental watch-dog groups and the defective products law firms will force these manufacturers to also stop using paraquat or find other less harmful ingredients for their herbicides.