Californian judge reduced $ 2 billion judgment on Thursday and upset the award for a couple accusing Bayer AG of the glyphosate-based weed control summary for their cancer to $ 86.7 million.
REUTERS: A Californian judge cut a $ 2 billion jury verdict on Thursday, trimming the award for a married couple named Bayer AG Glyphosate Based on allegations, weed killer Roundup has raised $ 86.7 million for its cancer. Oakland Supreme Court judge Winifred Smith said the jury's billions of dollars in compensation was excessive and unconstitutional, but rejected Bayer's request to immediately cancel the punishment award
Californian couple Alva and Alberta Pilliod would receive approximately $ 17 million in compensation and $ 69 million in punitive damages, $ 55 million and $ 2 billion, respectively, according to Smith's final mandate
The plaintiffs have yet to formally accept the reduced award.
Bayer said in a statement Thursday that Smith's decision to cancel the award was a step in the right direction. B ut added that it would file a complaint.
"We continue to believe that the judgments and damages assessments are not supported by the evidence in the process and are in contradiction to the extensive body of reliable scientific evidence and the conclusions of leading health authorities worldwide confirming glyphosate can be used without hesitation, and glyphosate is not carcinogenic, "the company said.
Bayer is confronted by more than 13,400 plaintiffs in the USA with all-round cancer procedures. The German-based company bought Roundup maker Monsanto worth $ 63 billion last year, but its share price has since fallen over the glyphosate process.
The plaintiffs allege that Roundup caused non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and Monsanto had spent decades trying to influence scientists and regulators to bury evidence of cancer. Bayer denies these allegations.
The company had asked Smith to cancel punitive damages in the case of Pilliods. Hundreds of studies and reviews by regulators worldwide have concluded that the herbicide is safe for human consumption.
The judge in her Thursday decision rejected these arguments.
"In this case, there was clear and compelling evidence that Monsanto made efforts to obstruct, discourage or distort scientific research and the resulting science," said Smith.
Bayer has lost three US jury trials as part of the Roundup process, with juries in California awarding millions of dollars. It is appealing to the decisions.
In August, the company is scheduled to stand trial outside a courthouse in St. Louis, Missouri. Monsanto has recruited Missouri-based experts to compete in a place that has centuries-old roots, but where juries often hit companies with major losses.
(Report by Tina Bellon in New York, edited by Lisa Shumaker)