The wave of lawsuits in the United States over the controversial weed killer glyphosate continues to make Bayer difficult. Apparently, the plaintiffs solicited there massively for new clients.
Leverkusen (dpa) - In the US legal dispute over alleged cancer risks of glyphosate-containing weed killers, the number of lawsuits against Bayer has increased further.
By February 6, approximately 48,600 lawsuits had been served, as the agrochemical and pharmaceutical company announced when it submitted its business figures for 2019 in Leverkusen. Bayer last stated the number of lawsuits served in October at around 42,700.
The Leverkusen-based and the US seed producer Monsanto, which was acquired in 2018, had received high judgments for damages in the first three glyphosate processes.
The group wants the guilty verdicts to be lifted in appeal proceedings. Behind the scenes, comparative talks are also in full swing under the leadership of mediator and star lawyer Ken Feinberg.
All other proceedings were therefore postponed in order to give the parties to the dispute time to negotiate. Most analysts expect a comparison worth billions.