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Bayer Fights Jury Loss in Bid to Minimize Roundup Payouts

  • Company asks California court to toss $78.5 million jury award
  • Appeal is a gamble as Bayer pushes $10 billion settlement plan
Bayer Keeps Roundup Faith After Losing Second Trial on Cancer
Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg
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If Bayer AG wants to keep total Roundup liability capped at $10 billion, it may be crucial to get a 2018 California court verdict overturned.

On Tuesday, the German chemical giant will ask the state appeals court to toss a jury conclusion that Roundup caused grounds keeper Lee Johnson’s cancer. Johnson was awarded $289 million before a judge cut the damages to $78.5 million. By comparison, the company has been reaching settlements in thousands of other cases that range from a few thousand dollars to several million per claim, people familiar with those agreements said last month.