In a significant development a jury in California jury found Bayer’s Roundup weedkiller was not the cause of a woman’s non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, said Bayer in a statement.
The verdict marks the second such victory in court for the chemical giant over claims that its popular herbicide causes cancer.
The jury in San Bernardino County found that Donnetta Stephens’ cancer was not caused by her exposure between 1985 and 2017 to Roundup and its active ingredient glyphosate.
Donnetta Stephens has sued Bayer for negligence and failing to warn her of the dangers of Roundup.
“Despite everyone’s best efforts, it was impossible to try a coherent case via Zoom with our schedule,” said Fletch Trammell, Stephens’ attorney. “We plan to appeal and look forward to trying the case again in more favorable circumstances.”
Trammell went on to add, similar cases have typically taken weeks to try and the Stephens case took more than four months due to technical problems and long breaks.
In a statement Bayer said the verdict was consistent with the evidence.
The Stephens case is the fifth over Roundup to go to a trial verdict.
Lawsuits related to Roundup have dogged the company since it acquired Monsanto in a $63 billion acquisition in 2018.
Bayer has has spent billions of dollars to settle around 96,000 Roundup cases of about 125,000.
The company is still pursuing appeals in two of the three verdicts it lost, including one the company hopes will be considered by the U.S. Supreme Court, whose ruling could effectively end all Roundup cases.
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