Bayer, the parent company of Creve Coeur-based Monsanto, was back in court Monday for a second trial over allegations that Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller causes cancer. Bayer was hit by a $289 million verdict — later reduced to $78 million — in another Roundup case in California state court last fall, Reuters reports.
More than 760 of 9,300 Roundup cases across the nation are combined into a federal court in San Francisco, where a lawsuit by a California resident, Edwin Hardeman, is being heard.
The company has denied all allegations that its glyphosate-based weedkiller leads to cancer. It claims decades of independent studies have proven the weedkiller is safe for human use.
A lawyer for Hardeman said chemicals in Roundup make the weedkiller more toxic than just the glyphosate.