French court finds Bayer’s Monsanto weedkiller liable for farmer’s sickness


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French court finds Bayer’s Monsanto weedkiller liable for farmer’s sickness

On Thursday, the 11th of April 2019, a French court had ruled that the Bayer AG’s Monsanto was liable for a farmer’s sickness who accidentally had inhaled one of its weedkillers back in 2004, adding further strains into the grief-sickened Bayer’s agricultural subsidies on health claims.

Latest allegation against one of Bayer’s weedkillers unveiled itself, after a US Jury had fined the German pharmaceutical $80 million last month over allegations that its glyphosate-based weedkiller, Roundup had caused non-Hodgkin lymphoma to one of its consumers.

Never the less, the latest legal hearing could push Bayer AG’s weedkiller business on the backfoot following worldwide claims against multiple variants of its weedkiller. After a decade-long legal battle between Bayer and Francois, 55, the plaintiff, a Lyon Appeal court had ruled in favor of the farmer on Thursday (April 11th), who had been claiming to be suffering form memory loss and other neurological problems, after accidentally inhaling Monsanto’s Lasso weedkiller about fifteen years back.

Blaming the products’ inadequate labeling of safety hazards, the Lyon court said in its verdict, “Mr Francois justifiably concludes that the product, due to its inadequate labeling that did not respect applicable regulations, did not offer the level of safety he could legitimately expect”.

Although the recent verdict had not determined the scale of compensation, Francois, the plaintiff, had been seeking around $1.1 million in damages.