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Damages in RoundUpĀ® Case Reduced

07/23/2019

A Federal judge reduced an $80 million jury verdict alleging that RoundUp (glyphosate) was responsible for non-Hodgkin Lymphoma to $25 million. U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria considered that the award of $75 million in punitive damages was excessive. The amended amount will comprise $5.3 million in direct compensatory damages and $20 million in punitive damages or four times the compensatory damage. In his decision, Judge Chhabria stated “While the science is still mixed on whether glyphosate, the active ingredient in RoundUp causes non-Hodgkin lymphoma, the company did not apparently care about investigating whether its product may have been carcinogenic”.

The trial judge in the first RoundUp verdict in San Francisco reduced damages from $289 million to $79 million. Both jury verdicts are under appeal in addition to a third case in which $2 billion was awarded to a couple who used RoundUp in their garden and developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Bayer A.G. is facing thousands of cases worldwide alleging carcinogenicity of glyphosate. Current scientific opinion disfavors the association of the compound with various forms of cancer.