A US mother has lost a court battle against German chemical giant Bayer, lawyers said Tuesday.
Destiny Clark had sued over claims that her young son developed cancer and died as a result of exposure to the company's weedkiller called Roundup. Bayer is the parent company of Monsanto which produces the herbicide.
No causal link found
A Los Angeles jury found that there was no evidence linking the product with the young boy's fatal illness.
Bayer expressed its sympathy for the young boy, Ezra Clark, and his family, but said in a statement: "The jury has carefully weighed the scientific evidence on this case and concluded that glyphosate is not the cause of his illness."
Lawyers for the Clark family are understood to be considering their legal options in terms of a possible appeal.
Bayer's legal woes
The German company has been plagued with legal issues since buying US agrochemical company Monsanto in 2018.
Alarm bells sounded when, in August of the same year, a California court awarded a dying groundskeeper $290 million in damages because there had been no warning that the product could cause cancer. Shares in Bayer plunged as a result.
The court decision came just weeks after the ink had dried on the Bayer-Monsanto deal and swamped the company with more legal claims.
In May, a US judge rejected Bayer's plans to set aside $2 billion (€1.64 billion) to settle future lawsuits relating to Roundup weedkillers.
There are around 30,000 users of the product who claim the product has made them sick.
kb/jsi (AFP, dpa, Reuters)