Litigation Overview

Litigation Overview

Farmers and growers have been using glyphosate-based herbicides safely and effectively to control weeds for more than 40 years. These products continue to play a critical role in helping farmers manage weeds and sustainably deliver crops to markets around the world.

The litigation over glyphosate primarily stems from one place: an opinion by a group called IARC. IARC is not a regulatory authority and did not conduct any original scientific studies. Yet in 2015, after IARC classified glyphosate as a “probable carcinogen,” trial attorneys in the U.S. began running advertisements to recruit plaintiffs for lawsuits against Monsanto, the manufacturer of many glyphosate-based herbicides (i.e., RoundupTM-branded herbicides). These lawsuits rely heavily on IARC’s classification, which has many significant limitations and flaws and runs counter to an extensive body of science supporting glyphosate’s safe use. More than four years after reaching its opinion, leading pesticide regulators around the world continue to conclude that glyphosate is not carcinogenic and that glyphosate-based herbicides are safe when used as directed.

The Company has a winning record in the Roundup litigation and has won ten of the last sixteen cases at trial. Three trials are currently ongoing, including Cloud in New Castle County, Delaware, which began on February 5, 2024; Cody in Conway County, Arkansas, which began on February 15; Kline in Philadelphia, which began on February 20; and Meyer in Sonoma County, California, which began on February 27.

Bayer will vigorously defend its products based on the strong body of science that confirms glyphosate and glyphosate-based products are safe when used as directed and that glyphosate does not cause cancer.

The trial schedule continues to remain fluid and subject to change based on multiple factors, including the COVID pandemic, the schedules of courts and parties, and the continued efforts by parties to resolve cases

Recent Filings and Rulings

  1. Jones Verdict

    On December 22, 2023, a defense verdict was issued in the Jones trial in San Benito County, CA. You can read Bayer's statement on the verdict here.

  2. McCostlin (Allegrezza) Verdict

    On September 28, 2023, Bayer's motion for a directed verdict in the McCostlin (Allegrezza) trial was granted. You can read Bayer's statement here.

  3. Gordon Verdict

    On May 23, 2023, a defense verdict was issued in the Gordon trial in St. Louis County, Missouri. You can read Bayer's statement on the verdict here.

  4. Ferro Verdict

    On November 9, 2022, a defense verdict was issued in the Ferro trial in St. Louis County, Missouri. You can read Bayer's statement on the verdict here.

  5. Alesi Verdict

    On September 1, 2022, a defense verdict was issued in the Alesi trial in St. Louis County, Missouri. You can read Bayer's statement on the verdict here.