July 8, 2019
On July 4th, an unnamed juror from the trial against Bayer AG, makers of the glyphosate-based weed killer Roundup, sent a letter to the presiding judge urging them to leave the $80 million award against Bayer in place. The juror stated the high award was “the result of meticulous planning” by the jury, and that “higher damages ratios were allowed in extraordinary cases.”
“Based on the evidence provided, ‘reprehensible’ is much too kind a word to describe the actions of the Monsanto employees,” the juror wrote.
This decision was made after a 4-week trial in which Roundup was found guilty of causing Edwin Hardeman’s non-Hodgkins lymphoma, and Monsanto was shown to have actively worked to cover up the danger of their product.