The US Supreme Court let stand an $87 million award against
The justices, making no comment, on Monday left in place a jury’s finding in favor of Alva and Alberta Pilliod in a California case. Bayer argued that a federal law precluded the suit and that the $70 million punitive damages award was so large it violated the Constitution.
The court last week
Bayer said in a statement it “respectfully disagrees” with the ruling, but wasn’t surprised. The company also predicted “there are likely to be future cases, including Roundup cases, that present the US Supreme Court with preemption questions” like the Pilliod case “and could also create a Circuit split and potentially change the legal environment.”
Earlier this month, a federal appeals court ordered the
The German chemicals giant said it “is fully prepared to manage the litigation risk associated with potential future claims in the US as previously communicated in July 2021, including a voluntary claims program, transition of active ingredients for glyphosate-based products in the US.”
Bayer inherited the legal mess in 2018 when it acquired
The company said it “continues to stand fully behind its Roundup products, which are a valuable tool in efficient agricultural production around the world.” Bayer said it “is confident that the extensive body of science and consistently favorable views of leading regulatory bodies worldwide, including most recently by the European Chemicals Agency’s Committee for Risk Assessment, provide a strong foundation on which it can successfully defend Roundup in court when necessary.”
The case is Monsanto v. Pilliod, 21-1272.
(Updates with statements from Bayer.)
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