A judge in California on Thursday reduced a US $ 2 billion judge's decision and wounded a couple who blamed Bayer AG's glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup for $ 86.7 million.
REUTERS: A California judge reduced a $ 2 billion judge fee on Thursday, and appreciated a couple who accused Bayer AG's glyphosate-based weed killer Roundup of 86.7 million dollars.
Supreme Court Judge Winifred Smith of the California Superior Court in Oakland said that the jury's billions of billions of dollars were excessive and unconstitutional, but dismissed Bayer's request to turn the sentence straight out.
Under Smith's final order, the California couple Alva and Alberta Pilliod would receive approximately $ 17 million in damages and $ 69 million in penalties, down from $ 55 million and $ 2 billion, respectively. .
The plaintiffs must still formally accept the reduced grant.
Bayer said in a statement on Thursday that Smith's decision to cut the price was a step in the right direction, b adding that it would file an appeal.
"We continue to believe that the verdict and the damages claims are not supported by the evidence under trial and are in conflict with the extensive body of reliable science and conclusions of leading health regulators worldwide confirming that glyphosate-based herbicides can be safely and safely used. glyphosate is not carcinogenic, "the company said.
Bayer faces Roundup cancer cases from more than 13,400 plaintiffs across the United States. The German-based company bought the Roundup manufacturer Monsanto in a USD 63 billion deal last year, but has since seen the stock price overturn over the glyphosate trial.
Plaintiffs claim Roundup causes non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and that for decades Monsanto tried to influence scientists and regulators to bury cancer certificates. Bayer denies these claims.
The company had asked Smith to strike the punishment in the Pilliods case, claiming that hundreds of studies and assessments from supervisors around the world concluded that the herbicide was safe for human use.
But judges in her order from Thursday rejected these arguments.
"In this case, there was clear and convincing evidence that Monsanto made efforts to prevent, discourage, or distort scientific investigation and the resulting science," Smith said.
Bayer has so far lost three US jury trials in the Roundup trial, with California juries awarded millions of dollars. It appeals to the decisions.
In August, the company will face its first trial outside California at a courthouse in St. Louis, Missouri. Monsanto has recruited Missouri-based expert witnesses to bring the case to a place where it has hundred-year-old roots, but where the jury often hit companies with major injuries.
(Reporting by Tina Bellon in New York; Editing Lisa Shumaker)