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California judge reduces $2 billion Monsanto Roundup verdict against Bayer

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A California judge cut a $2 billion jury Roundup verdict against Bayer to $86.7 million, saying the award to a couple who claimed the agribusiness giant's Roundup weed killer caused their cancer was excessive and unconstitutional.

Superior Court Judge Winifred Smith of the California Superior Court in Oakland reduced the award to Alva and Albert Pilliod from $55 million and $2 billion. Smith: 'In this case there was clear and convincing evidence that Monsanto made efforts to impede, discourage, or distort scientific inquiry and the resulting science.'

Bayer faces some 13,000 US lawsuits over the glyphosate-based product's carcinogenicity and has lost three consecutive cases in California courts, pounding its share price and leaving the company with a stock market capitalization less than the $63 billion it paid for Monsanto in a takeover completed last year.


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"Superior Court Judge Winifred Smith of the California Superior Court in Oakland reduced the award to Alva and Albert Pilliod from $55 million and $2 billion."

I'm not sure what this sentence is trying to say. Was there an award given to each of the Pilliods, with $55M and $2B being the original amounts?

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Did you miss the first sentence of the quick link?


"A California judge cut a $2 billion jury Roundup verdict against Bayer to $86.7 million"


If you open the article and read it, it might become clearer to you.

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Of course I read the link, Stephen. Initially, I just didn't understand the sentence on this page that I referred to. The way these numbers were quoted, even in the link, was a bit odd, but I get it now. Don't worry about it.

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