Bayer AG was ordered to pay more than $ 2 billion in damages to a California couple they said they had cancer as a result of using the company's Roundup weedkiller for about 30 years.
A jury in state court in Oakland, California, California, issued the verdict of combined damage against the company
The jurors agreed that Alva and Alberta Pilliod's use of Roundup over about 30 years for residential landscaping was a "substantial factor" in causing them to develop non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Their lawsyer claims of $ 55 million for the couple's medical bills and pain and $ 1 billion to punish the company.
Monsanto Co., the maker of Roundup, is the named defendant in the United States. lawsuits filed by at least 13,400 plaintiffs. Bayer is appealing the earlier verdicts.
Anna Pavlik, Senior Counsel, says: "It's a risky move to ask for an award of more than $ 1 billion United States, New York, NY, United States.
"In this case there is more evidence for Monsanto's which strengthens plaintiffs cases down the pipeline even further," Pavlik said
An award of $ 2 billion wants to be "vulnerable to a legal challenge" by Bayer because it generally holds that punitive damages should not be more than 10 times higher than compensatory damages.