Anderson, Draeger and Gunther v. Monsanto

22AC-CC00968 ; 22AC-CC00137 ; 22AC-CC00965
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Final judgment
United States, Jefferson City, Cole county, Missouri

Jimmy & Branda Draeger, Valorie Gunther, Dan Anderson
Monsanto, Bayer
Bart Rankin, Jay Utley, Joanna Raines McKinney, and Joshua Richardson of Forrest Weldon, Matthew A. Clement of Clement Van Ronzelen & Schulte LLC, and McAlan Duncan and Matthew Stubbs of Duncan Stubbs PLLC.

Civil court
Glyphosate, Roundup, Herbicide
Seeks to hold Monsanto liable for design defect, strict liability for failure to warn, negligence, breach of express warranties and breach of implied warranties, as well as fraud and misrepresentation; order the company to compensate for damages suffered by the three Roundup users.
Circuit Court of Jefferson City, Cole county, Missouri , United States
First instance

November 17, 2023
Monsanto-Bayer ordered to pay a total of $1.5 billion.

In three verdicts handed down on November 17, 2023, the jury in the Circuit Court of Cole County, Missouri, found the American company Monsanto liable for design defect, failure to warn and negligence in its marketing of glyphosate-based Roundup products.

Each of the plaintiffs, whose actions were consolidated into a single lawsuit, used and sprayed Roundup in their gardens for several years, and subsequently developed non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. According to the plaintiffs, Monsanto, acquired in 2018 by Bayer, knew that the key ingredients in Roundup, particularly glyphosate, were known carcinogens.

The jury ordered Bayer to pay a total of $1.56 billion to the four plaintiffs. Each will receive $500 million in punitive damages. As for compensatory damages, for the actual harm suffered :
- Jimmy Draeger will receive $5.6 million and his wife Brenda $100,000 for the damages she suffered as a result of the injuries inflicted on her husband.
- Valorie Gunther will receive $17.5 million;
- Daniel Anderson will receive $38 million.

This decision marks the fourth consecutive victory for Roundup victims.

Bayer has declared its intention to appeal the decision. According to the company, the size of the damages awarded is in violation of the US Constitution and that the plaintiffs have misrepresented the scientific facts.

Note, as a 2019 scientific study points out, people using glyphosate-based herbicides like Roundup run a more than 40% higher risk of developing non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.