Bayer Ordered to Pay $2.25 Billion to Man Who Allegedly Developed Cancer from Using Roundup

Glyphosate is safe and effective.

The government regulates the hell out of small businesses, to the point where it is virtually impossible for a person who isn’t extremely intelligent to start any kind of business.

Meanwhile, big corporations are allowed to knowingly give you cancer for decades.


Bayer was ordered on Friday to pay $2.25 billion to a Pennsylvania man who said he developed cancer from exposure to the company’s Roundup weedkiller, the man’s attorneys said.

A jury in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas found that John McKivision’s non-Hodgkins lymphoma was the result of using Roundup for yard work at his house for a period of several years. The verdict includes $250 million in compensatory damages and $2 billion in punitive damages.

“The jury’s punitive damages award sends a clear message that this multi-national corporation needs top to bottom change,” Tom Kline and Jason Itkin, McKivision’s attorneys, said in a joint statement.

Bayer in a statement said it disagreed “with the jury’s adverse verdict that conflicts with the overwhelming weight of scientific evidence and worldwide regulatory and scientific assessments, and believe that we have strong arguments on appeal to get this verdict overturned and the unconstitutionally excessive damage award eliminated or reduced.”

Bayer added that some previous damages awards had been reduced by more than 90 percent.

The verdict comes after five other recent wins late last year by plaintiffs suing Bayer over Roundup, though the company won the most recent such trial in December, as well as a string of earlier trials. In all, it has won 10 of the last 16 Roundup trials.

Around 165,000 claims have been made in the U.S. against the company for personal injuries allegedly caused by Roundup, which Bayer acquired as part of its $63 billion purchase of U.S. agrochemical company Monsanto in 2018. Most plaintiffs, like McKivision, allege that the product caused them to develop non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

Bayer has said that decades of studies have shown Roundup and its active ingredient, glyphosate, are safe for human use.

Roundup is one of the more obvious cases of corporations knowingly poisoning people. But virtually all industrial products are made in the cheapest – and therefore, often the most poisonous – manner possible.

The government does not regulate these corporations. They are allowed to poison you.

You have to be aware of this. Worse than giving you cancer, these chemicals that are everywhere in our environments can turn you into a mutant beast.