An agreement between Bayer, owner of Roundup weed killer and tens of thousands of complainants about the substance, is imminent. That says a mediator appointed by the court in an interview with news agency Bloomberg .
In the meantime, between 75,000 and 85,000 people - and perhaps even more - are said to have health problems after working with the weed killer Roundup.
The drug was once marketed by Monsanto. That company was taken over in June 2018 by the German chemical giant Bayer.
The mediator, Ken Feinberg, says in the conversation with Bloomberg that he is "cautiously optimistic" that agreement can be reached between the parties within a month.
More than 75,000 people accuse Bayer of having cancer due to the use of Roundup. In his financial report for the third quarter of last year, Bayer announced that 42,700 claims had been submitted at that time. That number has almost doubled in the meantime.
Feinberg did not want to comment on what the deal would entail. Bayer has already lost three lawsuits in California in which the company had to pay $ 191 million (about $ 172 million) in damages.
Bayern appeals against lost cases
Mediation was then opted for before conducting legal proceedings again. Issues that were already on the roll have been postponed. Bayer has appealed the cases it previously lost.
Bayer informed NU.nl in a reaction that the company indeed assumes that the number of complainants is higher than the previously reported 42,700 "given the 100 million dollar TV campaign that complainants conducted in 2019 in combination with speculations about possible fees. It has been proven in the past that this will increase the number of complainants. "
The figure that Bloomberg mentions, according to Bayer, includes people who have not yet formally complained and perhaps have no business at all. "We are still assuming a number that is clearly below 50,000."