Bayer proposes to pay $8 billion to settle 18,000 U.S. lawsuits over Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller

Bayer’s strategic could potentially significantly reduce headwinds revolving around lawsuits stemming from Monsanto’s glyphosate-based weedkiller – Roundup.

On Friday, shares of Bayer surged by 11% following a report from Bloomberg that it has proposed to pay $8 billion in order to settle more than 18,000 lawsuits in the U.S. concerning its glyphosate-based weedkiller Roundup.

According to traders, Bayer’s stock was on track for its best single-day gain in a decade.

Since August 2018, Bayer has lost nearly $33.56 billion in market capitalization, equivalent to a third of its value, after a California jury concluded that Monsanto should have warned of the alleged cancer risks.

Bayer’s spokesman declined to comment.

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