Bayer faces second trial over alleged Roundup most cancers threat

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller atomizers are displayed on the market at a backyard store close to Brussels

By Tina Bellon

(Reuters) – Bayer AG (DE:) is about to face a second U.S. jury over allegations that its common glyphosate-based weed killer Roundup causes most cancers, six months after the corporate’s share value was rocked by a $289 million verdict in California state court docket.

A lawsuit by California resident Edwin Hardeman towards the corporate was scheduled to start on Monday in federal moderately than state court docket. The trial can also be a check case for a bigger litigation. Greater than 760 of the 9,300 Roundup instances nationwide are consolidated within the federal court docket in San Francisco that’s listening to Hardeman’s case.

Bayer denies all allegations that Roundup or glyphosate trigger most cancers, saying many years of impartial research have proven the world’s most generally used weed killer to be protected for human use and noting that regulators around the globe have accepted the product.

Beneath a January ruling by U.S. District Decide Vince Chhabria, who presides over the federal litigation, jurors in Hardeman’s case is not going to initially hear all of the proof introduced in final 12 months’s California trial.

Chhabria referred to as proof by plaintiffs that the corporate allegedly tried to affect regulators and manipulate public opinion “a distraction” from the science within the instances. He mentioned such proof ought to solely go earlier than the jury in a second trial part that might solely happen in the event that they decided Roundup precipitated Hardeman’s most cancers.

Proof of company misconduct was seen as enjoying a key function within the discovering by a California state court docket jury in August that Roundup precipitated one other man’s non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and that Bayer’s Monsanto (NYSE:) unit did not warn customers in regards to the weed killer’s most cancers dangers. That jury’s $289 million damages award was later diminished to $78 million.

Bayer’s share value dropped 10 p.c following the decision and has remained risky.

Hardeman started utilizing the Roundup model herbicide with glyphosate within the 1980s to regulate poison oak and weeds on his property and sprayed “massive volumes” of the chemical for a few years frequently, in keeping with court docket paperwork. He was identified with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a most cancers of the lymph system, in February 2015 and filed his lawsuit a 12 months later.

However Hardeman has a historical past of hepatitis C, a threat issue for creating lymphoma. Bayer in court docket filings additionally mentioned the vast majority of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma incidents are idiopathic, or don’t have any recognized trigger.

Plaintiffs criticized Chhabria’s order dividing the trial and proscribing proof as “unfair,” saying their scientific proof allegedly exhibiting glyphosate causes most cancers is inextricably linked to Monsanto’s alleged wrongful conduct.

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