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Champagne Remark May Cost Lawyer $289 Million Bayer Award

  • Impassioned attorney told jury it could be ‘part of history’
  • California judge weighs slashing verdict or ordering new trial
Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide.

Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide.

Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg
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The lawyer most responsible for winning a $289 million verdict against Bayer AG may end up wiping it out.

Brent Wisner was the lead trial attorney who in August convinced a jury that Monsanto Co.’s Roundup weed killer caused his client’s cancer. His compelling arguments and marshaling of evidence resulted in a blockbuster verdict that has spooked investors looking ahead to thousands of similar lawsuits across the U.S. pending against Monsanto, which Bayer acquired in June.