Bayer Statement Regarding Ruling on Monsanto’s Post-Trial Motions in Hardeman
Whippany, July 15, 2019 – The following is Bayer’s statement regarding the ruling by U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria in the District Court for the Northern District of California on Monsanto’s post-trial motions in Hardeman v. Monsanto. The court reduced the punitive damages to $20 million, which reduces the overall verdict from $80.267 million to $25.267 million.
“The Court’s decision to reduce the punitive damage award is a step in the right direction, as constitutional limitations and controlling precedent dictate that excessive damage awards like those in this case be reduced. Still, the liability verdict and damage awards are not supported by the reliable evidence presented at trial, and conflict with both the weight of the extensive science that supports the safety of Roundup, and the conclusions of leading health regulators in the U.S. and around the world that glyphosate is not carcinogenic. Bayer plans to file an appeal with the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.”
Read the Court’s ruling denying Monsanto’s motion for judgment and a new trial here.
Read the Court’s ruling reducing damages here.