CLAYTON, Mo. – A jury of St.
The three plaintiffs in their 60s and 70s have claimed long exposure to Roundup – specifically the chemical glyphosate – gave them away. lymphoma and that Monsanto neglected to warn the public about its dangers. Monsanto said Roundup does not cause cancer.
The trial began on August 3 in St. Louis County Court.
Monsanto developed and patented glyphosate in 1970. It began selling the product in 1974 under the name Roundup.
Bayer released the following statement Thursday following the jury’s decision:
The jury’s verdict for the company brings this trial to a successful conclusion and is consistent with the evidence in this multi-plaintiff case that Roundup™ is not responsible for the injuries alleged by the plaintiffs.
The jury’s conclusion is consistent with the assessments of expert regulators worldwide as well as the overwhelming evidence of four decades of scientific studies that have concluded that Roundup™ is safe to use and non-carcinogenic.
The company won four previous Roundup ™ trials, incl Clark, Stephens, Shelton, and guards his case, with victory in Alesihas prevailed in five consecutive trials.
While we have great sympathy for the plaintiffs in this case, the jury has weighed the evidence from both sides in this case and concluded that Roundup ™ is not responsible for their injuries.
We continue to stand behind the safety of Roundup™ and are confident that we will defend the safety of our products as well as act in good faith in future litigation.
There is still some scientific debate about glyphosate as a cancer-causing agent. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of the World Health Organization in 2015 identified glyphosate as a possible carcinogen.
However, a joint WHO and UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) committee on pesticides announced in 2016 that glyphosate does not pose a significant health risk to humans. The Environmental Protection Agency considers glyphosate to be noncarcinogenic.
In 2015, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) identified glyphosate, the most commonly used herbicide in the world, as a possible human carcinogen. 12 It is quickly becoming evident that separating science from politics and economic interests will be difficult for glyphosate.
According to Court Show Network, Monsanto had tried to block the digital news media from the courtroom. However, St. Louis County Circuit Judge Brian May denied the company’s request.
Attorneys for local firm Carey Danis & Lowe are representing the plaintiffs, along with Texas-based firm Fears Nachawati PLLC.
Monsanto was represented in court by Husch Blackwell LLP of Kansas City, as well as the offices of Covington & Burling LLP in New York City and Washington DC, and the offices of Proskauer Rose LLP in Los Angeles.
Another Roundup trial is scheduled in the St. Louis area. Louis through the next year.
Monsanto was founded in St. Louis in 1901 and was named after the maiden name of the founder’s wife John Francis Queeny. The company initially made food additives before expanding into industrial chemicals. Over the next few decades, Monsanto would produce DDT insecticide, the infamous Agent Orange herbicide, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), cattle growth hormones, and genetically engineered crop seeds.
Monsanto stopped producing PCBs in 1977 amid the problem of soil and water source contamination. The company’s Sauget plant along Dead Creek was the nation’s largest producer of PCBs in previous years. The plant was finally designated a Superfund site by the Environmental Protection Agency. Congress banned PCB production in 1979.
In 1984, Monsanto settled a class-action lawsuit by Vietnam veterans for injuries suffered due to exposure to Agent Orange.
Monsanto moved its headquarters from Downtown St. Louis to Creve Coeur in 1957 and launched its agricultural division in 1961.
Bayer acquired Monsanto in 2016 for $66 billion.
In June 2020, Bayer agreed to pay $10.9 billion to settle approximately three-quarters of Roundup’s existing claims against its subsidiaries—both filed and unfiled claims—at that time.