Bayer AG won its first trial over claims its Roundup weedkiller causes cancer after a California jury found that the herbicide was not a substantial cause of a child's rare form of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, the company said on Tuesday.
Destiny Clark alleged that her son, Ezra, developed Burkitt's lymphoma after he was exposed to Roundup which she sprayed on weeds at the family residence.
The verdict is the fourth involving Roundup and the first in the company's favor.
Roundup-related lawsuits have dogged Bayer since it acquired the brand as part of its $63 billion purchase of agricultural seeds and pesticides maker Monsanto in 2018.
Bayer said in a statement the verdict was consistent with decades of science and research showing the safety of glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup.
"While we have great sympathy for Ezra Clark and his family, the jury carefully considered the science applicable to this case and determined that Roundup was not the cause of his illness," the company said.
An attorney for Clark said they will consider an appeal.
"We're disappointed for the boy and his family," said Fletcher Trammel. "We have multiple Roundup cases set across the country over the next year and look forward to trying them."
Two of the other three verdicts are still being appealed by Bayer, including one the company hopes will be considered by the U.S. Supreme Court, where a ruling for Bayer could effectively end the Roundup cases.
The company has settled around 96,000 Roundup cases of about 125,000.
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