Product liability math works differently than regular math. In the case of Bayer and the Monsanto Roundup herbicide litigation, jury verdicts of $78 million and $80 million somehow adds up to $40 billion.
By Mark A. York (April 30, 2019)
(MASS TORT NEXUS MEDIA) The Monsanto glyphosate legal drama may be about to hit the agriculture firm’s new owners Bayer where it hurts the most-“The Boardroom.” This is where the executive suite is being forced to address the claims that they neither recognized nor took into account the enormous legal risks associated with the Monsanto takeover and the Roundup Litigation.
Bayer’s board received a vote of no confidence at the German company’s annual meeting, last Friday April 26, 2019, coming from major financial inverstor widespread concerns over the Bayer purchase of Monsanto last year, the major stakeholders in Bayer made it clear how unhappy they are.
What Would Settlement Cost?
Analysts at Liberum, an investment bank with offices in New York and London, figure a settlement cost of $11 billion — an average of $1 million for each of the 11,200 people who are suing over Roundup — sounds conservative.
While $1 million is far less than the recent jury awards, it’s high by the standards of other notorious product liability cases. Merck settled suits over its Vioxx painkiller for an average of $184,000 per plaintiff, and American Home Products paid $422,000 per person to settle claims over the diet drug fen-phen.
See Federal Jury Verdict Forms of March 19, 2019 Trial Findings Re: “Monsanto Roundup Caused Plaintiff’s Cancer”
Bayer bought Monsanto as part of its reinvention as a life-science firm with a focus on health and agriculture. At the time the deal was proposed in 2016, the competitive landscape of the agricultural-science space was shifting dramatically—Dow and DuPont were merging, and so were ChemChina and Syngenta. Bayer wanted to become a bigger player in seeds and genetically modified crops, and Monsanto offered just that.
Bayer’s share price has fallen by around two-fifths thanks to two jury verdicts in the U.S. that Monsanto’s glyphosate-based weedkiller, Roundup, was responsible for causing plaintiffs’ cancer. There are still 13,400 cases to go, and the liability costs could end up being astronomical. Some disgruntled Bayer investors say the management and supervisory boards should go—they’ve recommended that shareholders vote against ratifying the board’s actions, which would effectively be a vote of no confidence.
Bayer Chief Executive Werner Baumann has nine months to prove he shouldn’t be kicked out as a result of last year’s Monsanto acquisition, a corporate law expert warned Tuesday.
Professor Christoph Schalast, a mergers and acquisition specialist at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, said Friday’s unprecedented rebuke of Bayer’s management was in part caused by Baumann’s overconfidence in the company’s handling of glyphosate lawsuits that have already lopped two-fifths off Bayer’s value. The nine-month timescale he laid out refers to the timing of when Bayer sets the agenda for its next annual general meeting, after which dissident shareholders can file counter motions against management.
Baumann, for his part, has insisted that “management acted conscientiously” in assessing the liability risk around Monsanto.
There have so far been two multi-million-dollar verdicts in the U.S. that held Monsanto liable for plaintiffs’ cancers, on the basis that those cancers were caused by years of using the glyphosate-based weedkiller Roundup. There are another 13,400 such claims waiting in the wings. Bayer’s shareholders do not believe the company adequately assessed this financial risk when buying Monsanto for $63 billion last year in an effort to become a leading player in agriculture.
At Bayer’s annual general meeting last week, 55.5% of investors voted against “discharging”—or ratifying—the board of management’s actions over the past year. This does not have direct legal implications, but it certainly sent a message.
Ordinarily, German shareholders discharge management by 90% or more, and anything less is seen as a stain on management’s reputation. Deutsche Bank’s co-CEOs were forced out several years ago after 39% of investors refused to back them in such a vote. Baumann now has the distinction of being the first CEO of a DAX-listed company to have a majority of investors vote against him.
Just as unusually, many of those voting against Baumann and his team said they did not want Bayer’s management to go just yet, due to the added chaos that would introduce into the situation. As Janne Werning of shareholder Union Investment put it to the Financial Times, management now gets a “second chance to get to grips with the risks and take the company back on to a path of stable growth.”
Schalast said Baumann’s situation was not directly comparable with that of ousted Deutsche Bank chiefs Anshu Jain and Jürgen Fitschen, because their defenestration was the result of generally poor performance at the bank.
“It is the one deal. That’s why [Baumann] is under such strong pressure,” said Schalast. “[The AGM vote] is a wake-up call for both the supervisory board and board of management, but [Baumann] is in the spotlight.”
Germany has a two-tier system for boards of directors in corporations, with the supervisory board being responsible for monitoring the board of management. Immediately following Friday’s vote, Bayer’s supervisory board—which itself only won 66% approval from shareholders—expressed its support for Baumann. However, supervisory board chair Werner Wenning is known to see Baumann as his protégé, so this support is less than surprising.
Bayer’s route to change
If the board of management does not prove in the next nine months that it is capable of getting a handle on the legal situation in the U.S., Schalast said, shareholders will need to apply pressure to the supervisory board. This may involve calling for a new supervisory board member who has expertise in U.S. litigation of the sort Monsanto faces.
“If they want a change and the supervisory board is not open to such a change, then they have to vote in a new supervisory board,” Schalast said, explaining that in Germany supervisory boards are generally responsive to pressure from shareholders, to whom they are ultimately responsible. “You usually talk to them and they resign and then you have the possibility to vote for a new member,” he said. “If that doesn’t happen, then you need an extraordinary general assembly.”
Investor pressure could be accelerated if there are more major verdicts that go against Bayer/Monsanto, Schalast said.
A Bayer spokesperson said shareholders’ decision not to discharge management was “a new situation for us,” but highlighted the fact that investors had also said “there is no real alternative to the current management.”
“There was nobody who asked the board or the CEO to step down,” said the spokesperson. “There is no real basis for speculation about Mr. Baumann’s future as CEO.”
BAYER FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE OCTOBER 2018
Why is there no mention of Monsanto Roundup MDL 2741?
(Excerpt from Official Bayer Report)
Mirena™: As of January 30, 2018, lawsuits from approximately 2,900 users of Mirena™, a levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system providing long-term contraception, had been served upon Bayer in the United States (excluding lawsuits no longer pending). Plaintiffs allege personal injuries resulting from the use of Mirena™, including perforation of the uterus, ectopic pregnancy or idiopathic intracranial hypertension, and seek compensatory and punitive damages. Plaintiffs claim, inter alia, that Mirena™ is defective and that Bayer knew or should have known of the risks associated with it and failed to adequately warn its users. Additional lawsuits are anticipated. In April 2017, most of the cases pending in U.S. federal courts in which plaintiffs allege idiopathic intracranial hypertension were consolidated in a multidistrict litigation (“MDL”) proceeding for common pre-trial management. As of January 30, 2018, lawsuits from approximately 400 users of Mirena™ alleging idiopathic intracranial hypertension had been served upon Bayer in the United States. Another MDL proceeding concerning perforation cases has, in the meantime, been dismissed. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the perforation MDL district court’s summary judgment order of 2016 dismissing approximately 1,230 cases pending before that court. In August 2017, Bayer reached an agreement in principle with plaintiffs’ counsel leadership for global settlement of the perforation litigation, for a total amount of US$12.2 million. As of January 30, 2018, a total of approximately 4,000 cases would be included in the settlement. The idiopathic intracranial hypertension MDL proceeding is not included in the settlement.
As of January 30, 2018, five Canadian lawsuits relating to Mirena™ seeking class action certification had been served upon Bayer. Bayer believes it has meritorious defenses and intends to defend itself vigorously.
Xarelto™: As of January 30, 2018, U.S. lawsuits from approximately 22,000 recipients of Xarelto™, an oral anticoagulant for the treatment and prevention of blood clots, had been served upon Bayer. Plaintiffs allege personal injuries from the use of Xarelto™, including cerebral, gastrointestinal or other bleeding and death, and seek compensatory and punitive damages. They claim, amongst other things, that Xarelto™ is defective and that Bayer knew or should have known of these risks associated with the use of Xarelto™ and failed to adequately warn its users. Additional lawsuits are anticipated. Cases pending in U.S. federal courts have been consolidated in an MDL for common pre-trial management. In May, June and August 2017, the first three MDL trials resulted in complete defense verdicts; plaintiffs have appealed all three verdicts. In January 2018, after the first trial to proceed in Pennsylvania state court had initially resulted in a judgment in favor of the plaintiff, the trial judge vacated the jury’s verdict and granted judgment in favor of Bayer. Further Pennsylvania state court trials are currently scheduled for the first and second quarters of 2018. Bayer anticipates that additional trials will be scheduled.
As of January 30, 2018, ten Canadian lawsuits relating to Xarelto™ seeking class action certification had been served upon Bayer. Bayer believes it has meritorious defenses and intends to defend itself vigorously.
Essure™: As of January 30, 2018, U.S. lawsuits from approximately16,100 users of Essure™, a medical device offering permanent birth control with a nonsurgical procedure, had been served upon Bayer. Plaintiffs allege personal injuries from the use of Essure™, including hysterectomy, perforation, pain, bleeding, weight gain, nickel sensitivity, depression and unwanted pregnancy, and seek compensatory and punitive damages. Additional lawsuits are anticipated.
As of January 30, 2018, two Canadian lawsuits relating to Essure™ seeking class action certification had been served upon Bayer. Bayer believes it has meritorious defenses and intends to defend itself vigorously.
Class actions over neonicotinoids in Canada: Proposed class actions against Bayer were filed in Quebec and Ontario (Canada) concerning crop protection products containing the active substances imidacloprid and clothianidin (neonicotinoids). Plaintiffs are honey producers, who have filed a proposed nationwide class action in Ontario and a Quebec-only class action in Quebec. Plaintiffs claim for damages and punitive damages and allege Bayer and another crop protection company were negligent in the design, development, marketing and sale of neonicotinoid pesticides. The proposed Ontario class action is in a very early procedural phase. In Quebec, the plaintiff sought authorization (certification) of a class for which a motion was heard in November 2017. Bayer believes it has meritorious defenses and intends to defend itself vigorously.
INSURANCE COMPANY PAYS THE BILLS
In connection with the above-mentioned proceedings, Bayer is insured against statutory product liability claims against Bayer to the extent customary in the respective industries and has, based on the information currently available, taken appropriate accounting measures for anticipated defense costs. However, the accounting measures relating to Essure™ claims exceed the available insurance coverage.
SHOULD BAYER HAVE INSERTED ROUNDUP MDL LITIGATION HERE?
Link to US District ND California Monsanto MDL 2741 litigation case outline and case related orders: https://www.cand.uscourts.gov/VC/roundupmdl
- Pretrial order no. 70: Final Juror Questionnaire (.pdf, 224 KB)264502/05/2019
- Pretrial order no. 71: Re Motion to Amend PTO 50 (.pdf, 72 KB)265102/06/2019
- Pretrial order no. 72: Procedure for Certain Motions to Remand (.pdf, 31 KB)266302/07/2019
- Pretrial order no. 73: Re Caselaw on Statute of Limitations (.pdf, 53 KB)267102/07/2019
- Pretrial order no. 74: Tentative View on Monsanto’s Specific Causation Experts(.pdf, 104 KB)268202/11/2019
- Pretrial order no. 75: Discussion of Expert Witnesses at Feb. 13, 2019, Hearing (.pdf, 69 KB)269102/12/2019
- Pretrial order no. 76: Re Missing Submissions (.pdf, 71 KB)269902/12/2019
- Pretrial order no. 77: Court’s Proposed Phase 1 Jury Instructions (.pdf, 154 KB)270602/12/2019
- Pretrial order no. 78: Guidance for the Parties re Motions in Limine (.pdf, 113 KB)270702/12/2019
- Pretrial order no. 79: Confidentiality of Juror Questionnaires (.pdf, 62 KB)275802/13/2019
- Pretrial order no. 80: Tentative Juror Excusals (.pdf, 70 KB)276902/15/2019
- Pretrial order no. 81: Ruling on Motions in Limine (.pdf, 119 KB)277502/18/2019
- Pretrial order no. 82: Parties’ Proposed Voir Dire Questions (.pdf, 104 KB)277602/18/2019
- Pretrial order no. 83: Time Limits for Trial (.pdf, 68 KB)279002/21/2019
- Pretrial order no. 84: Ruling on Deposition Objections for Drs. Turk, Turley, and Ye(.pdf, 81 KB)279702/23/2019
- Pretrial order no. 85: Denying Monsanto’s Motion for Summary Judgment on Specific Causation (.pdf, 195 KB)279902/24/2019
- Pretrial order no. 86: Remaining Summary Judgment Arguments (.pdf, 73 KB)280002/24/2019
- Pretrial order no. 87: Order to Show Cause Re Sanctions (.pdf, 78 KB)280202/25/2019
- Pretrial order no. 88: Deposition Designations for Dr. Matthew Ross (.pdf, 85 KB)281002/25/2019
- Pretrial order no. 89: Initial Ruling on Deposition Designations for Dr. William Reeves(.pdf, 50 KB)281202/25/2019
- Pretrial order no. 90: Ruling on Deposition Objections for Dr. Goldstein (.pdf, 72 KB)281702/26/2019
- Pretrial order no. 91: Order Sanctioning Mr. Hardeman’s Counsel (.pdf, 117 KB)282802/26/2019
- Pretrial order no. 92: Evidentiary Rulings on Dr. Portier’s Direct Testimony (.pdf, 112 KB)282902/26/2019
- Pretrial order no. 93: Further Order re Reeves Deposition Designations (.pdf, 90 KB)283002/27/2019
- Pretrial Order no. 94: Order Regarding Opening Statement Slides (.pdf, 47 KB)283102/26/2019
- Pretrial order no. 95: Ruling on Deposition Objections for Dr. Blair (.pdf, 72 KB)283702/27/2019
- Pretrial order no. 96: Evidentiary Rulings on Dr. Portier’s Testimony on Cross-Examination (.pdf, 128 KB)283802/27/2019
- Pretrial order no. 97: Evidentiary Rulings on Dr. Portier’s Re-Direct and Re-Cross Testimony (.pdf, 118 KB)286102/28/2019
- Pretrial order no. 98: Initial Rulings on Deposition Designations for Dr. Reeves(.pdf, 101 KB)286703/01/2019
- Pretrial order no. 99: Order re Dr. Weisenburger’s Testimony (.pdf, 56 KB)287703/02/2019
- Pretrial order no. 100: Ruling on Monsanto’s Deposition Designations for Dr. Reeves(.pdf, 98 KB)289403/04/2019
- Pretrial order no. 101: Order re Monsanto’s Motion for Summary Judgment on Non-Causation Grounds (.pdf, 146 KB)293703/07/2019
- Pretrial order no. 102: Court’s Draft Phase 1 Instructions (.pdf, 173 KB)294003/07/2019
- Pretrial order no. 103: Order re Monsanto’s Proposed Questions for Drs. Arber and Levine(.pdf, 107 KB)294103/07/2019
- Pretrial order no. 104: Scope of Dr. Arber’s Testimony (.pdf, 97 KB)294203/08/2019
- Pretrial order no. 105: Order re Authentication of Mr. Hardeman’s Medical Records(.pdf, 106 KB)295803/11/2019
- Pretrial order no. 106: Court’s Revised Phase 1 Instructions (.pdf, 178 KB)295903/11/2019
- Pretrial order no. 107: Order re Final Jury Instructions (.pdf, 97 KB)296103/12/2019Pretrial order no. 108: Final Phase 1 Instructions (.pdf, 177 KB)296303/12/2019
- Pretrial order no. 109: Final Verdict Form (.pdf, 80 KB)296403/12/2019
- Pretrial order no. 110: Order re Plaintiff’s Expert James Mills (.pdf, 104 KB)297903/13/2019
- Pretrial order no. 111: Order Requesting Further Information on Drs. Benbrook and Mills(.pdf, 86 KB)298203/13/2019
- Pretrial order no. 112: Order re Design Defect Jury Instruction (.pdf, 88 KB)298303/13/2019
- Pretrial order no. 113: Order Denying Monsanto’s Motion for a Directed Verdict(.pdf, 102 KB)298403/13/2019
- Pretrial order no. 114: Outstanding Evidentiary Issues from PTO 81 (.pdf, 90 KB)298703/13/2019
- Pretrial order no. 115: Order re Phase 2 Opening Statements (.pdf, 97 KB)299903/14/2019
- Pretrial order no. 116: Order re Design Defect Claim (.pdf, 92 KB)305103/18/2019
- Pretrial order no. 117: Ruling on Deposition Designations for Mark Martens (.pdf, 91 KB)308203/18/2019
- Pretrial order no. 118: Ruling on Phase 2 Deposition Designations for Dr. Reeves(.pdf, 103 KB)309303/19/2019
- Pretrial order no. 119: Ruling on Initial Phase 2 Deposition Designations for Dr. Farmer(.pdf, 100 KB)309403/20/2019
- Pretrial order no. 120: Ruling on Phase 2 Designations for Dr. Heydens (.pdf, 74 KB)310803/20/2019
- Pretrial order no. 121: Order re Rowland and Housenger Evidence (.pdf, 84 KB)312103/21/2019
- Pretrial order no. 122: Ruling on Phase 2 Designations for Dr. Portier (.pdf, 85 KB)314003/22/2019
[End of Bayer-Mosanto Docket in MDL 2741]
Adempas™: In January 2018, Bayer filed patent infringement lawsuits in a U.S. federal court against Alembic Pharmaceuticals Limited, Alembic Global Holding SA, Alembic Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and INC Research, LLC (together “Alembic”), against MSN Laboratories Private Limited and MSN Pharmaceuticals Inc. (together “MSN”) and against Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (together “Teva”). In December 2017, Bayer had received notices of an Abbreviated New Drug Application with a paragraph IV certification (“ANDA IV”) pursuant to which Alembic, MSN and Teva each seek approval of a generic version of Bayer’s pulmonary hypertension drug Adempas™ in the United States.
Betaferon™ / Betaseron™: In 2010, Bayer filed a complaint against Biogen Idec MA Inc. in a U.S. federal court seeking a declaration by the court that a patent issued to Biogen in 2009 is invalid and not infringed by Bayer’s production and distribution of Betaseron™, Bayer’s drug product for the treatment of multiple sclerosis. Biogen is alleging patent infringement by Bayer through Bayer’s production and distribution of Betaseron™ and Extavia™ and has sued Bayer accordingly. Bayer manufactures Betaseron™ and distributes the product in the United States. Extavia™ is also a drug product for the treatment of multiple sclerosis; it is manufactured by Bayer, but distributed in the United States by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, another defendant in the lawsuit. In 2016, the U.S. federal court decided a disputed issue regarding the scope of the patent in Biogen’s favor. Bayer disagrees with the decision, which may be appealed at the conclusion of the proceedings in the U.S. federal court.
Damoctocog alfa pegol (BAY 94‑9027, long-acting recombinant factor VIII): In August 2017, Bayer filed a lawsuit in a U.S. federal court against Nektar Therapeutics (“Nektar”), Baxalta Incorporated and Baxalta U.S., Inc. (together “Baxalta”) seeking a declaration by the court that a patent by Nektar is invalid and not infringed by Bayer’s drug candidate BAY 94‑9027 for the treatment of hemophilia A. In September 2017, Baxalta and Nektar filed a complaint in a different U.S. federal court against Bayer alleging that BAY 94‑9027 infringes seven other patents by Nektar. Regarding the complaint by Bayer, Nektar and Baxalta gave Bayer a covenant not to make any claims against Bayer for infringement of that patent. Bayer amended the complaint to now seek a declaration by the court that the seven other patents by Nektar are not infringed by BAY 94‑9027. The patents are part of a patent family registered in the name of Nektar and further comprising European patent applications with the title “Polymer-factor VIII moiety conjugates” which are at issue in a lawsuit Bayer filed against Nektar in 2013 in the district court of Munich, Germany. In this proceeding, Bayer claims rights to the European patent applications based on a past collaboration between Bayer and Nektar in the field of hemophilia. However, Bayer believes that the patent family does not include any valid patent claim relevant for Bayer’s drug candidate BAY 94‑9027 for the treatment of hemophilia A.
Nexavar™: In 2015, Bayer filed patent infringement lawsuits in a U.S. federal court against Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Mylan Inc. (together “Mylan”). In 2014 and 2015, Bayer had received notices of an ANDA IV application pursuant to which Mylan seeks approval of a generic version of Bayer’s cancer drug Nexavar™ in the United States. In October 2017, Bayer reached agreement with Mylan to settle this patent dispute. Under the settlement terms, Mylan will obtain a license to sell its generic version of Nexavar™ in the United States at a date after the expiration of the patent for the active ingredient expiring in January 2020. In 2016, Bayer had received another notice of such an ANDA IV application by Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. Bayer filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Teva in the same U.S. federal court. In January 2018, Bayer reached agreement with Teva to settle this patent dispute. Under the settlement terms, Teva will obtain a license to sell its generic version of Nexavar™ in the United States at a date after the expiration of the patent for the active ingredient expiring in January 2020.
Stivarga™: In 2016, Bayer filed patent infringement lawsuits in a U.S. federal court against Apotex, Inc. and Apotex Corp. (together “Apotex”) and against Teva. Bayer had received notices of an ANDA IV application pursuant to which Apotex and Teva each seek approval of a generic version of Bayer’s cancer drug Stivarga™ in the United States.
Xarelto™: In 2015, Bayer and Janssen Pharmaceuticals filed a patent infringement lawsuit in a U.S. federal court against Aurobindo Pharma Limited, Aurobindo Pharma USA, Inc. (together “Aurobindo”), Breckenridge Pharmaceutical Inc. (“Breckenridge”), Micro Labs Ltd., Micro Labs USA Inc. (together “Micro Labs”), Mylan, Prinston Pharmaceutical Inc. (“Prinston”), Sigmapharm Laboratories, LLC (“Sigmapharm”), Torrent Pharmaceuticals, Limited and Torrent Pharma Inc. (together “Torrent”). Bayer had received notices of an ANDA IV application by Aurobindo, Breckenridge, Micro Labs, Mylan, Prinston, Sigmapharm and Torrent, each seeking approval to market a generic version of Xarelto™, an oral anticoagulant for the treatment and prevention of blood clots, in the United States. In 2016, Bayer received another notice of such an ANDA IV application by InvaGen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“InvaGen”). Bayer and Janssen Pharmaceuticals filed a patent infringement lawsuit against InvaGen in the same U.S. federal court.
Bayer believes it has meritorious defenses in the above ongoing patent disputes and intends to defend itself vigorously.
Further Legal Proceedings
Trasylol™ / Avelox™: A qui tam complaint relating to marketing practices for Trasylol™ (aprotinin) and Avelox™ (moxifloxacin) filed by a former Bayer employee is pending in the United States District Court in New Jersey. The U.S. government has declined to intervene at the present time.
Newark Bay Environmental Matters: In the United States, Bayer is one of numerous parties involved in a series of claims brought by federal and state environmental protection agencies. The claims arise from operations by entities which historically were conducted near Newark Bay or surrounding bodies of water, or which allegedly discharged hazardous waste into these waterways or onto nearby land. Bayer and the other potentially responsible parties are being asked to remediate and contribute to the payment of past and future remediation or restoration costs and damages. In 2016, Bayer learned that two major potentially responsible parties had filed for protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. While Bayer remains unable to determine the extent of its liability for these matters, this development is likely to adversely affect the share of costs potentially allocated to Bayer.
In the Lower Passaic River matter, a group of more than sixty companies including Bayer is investigating contaminated sediments in the riverbed under the supervision of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other governmental authorities. Future remediation will involve some form of dredging, the nature and scope of which are not yet defined, and potentially other tasks. The cost of the investigation and the remediation work may be substantial if the final remedy involves extensive dredging and disposal of impacted sediments. In the Newark Bay matter, an unaffiliated party is currently conducting an investigation of sediments in Newark Bay under EPA supervision. The investigation is in a preliminary stage. Bayer has contributed to certain investigation costs in the past and may incur costs for future investigation and remediation activities in Newark Bay.
Bayer has also been notified by governmental authorities acting as natural resource trustees that it may have liability for natural resource damages arising from the contamination of the Lower Passaic River, Newark Bay and surrounding water bodies. Bayer is currently unable to determine the extent of its liability.
Asbestos: A further risk may arise from asbestos litigation in the United States. In many cases, the plaintiffs allege that Bayer and co-defendants employed third parties on their sites in past decades without providing them with sufficient warnings or protection against the known dangers of asbestos. Additionally, a Bayer affiliate in the United States is the legal successor to companies that sold asbestos products until 1976. Union Carbide has agreed to indemnify Bayer for this liability. Bayer believes it has meritorious defenses and intends to defend itself vigorously.
There is no official reference to Monsanto Roundup MDL 2741, even though an August 2018 verdict award for the plaintiff in California State Court was for more than $280 million, and showed that non-hodgkins lymphoma was caused by use of Monsanto Roundup herbicide containing Glyphosate. f
Bayer Legal Disclaimer October 2018: Cautionary Statements Regarding Forward-Looking Information
Certain statements contained in this communication may constitute “forward-looking statements.” Actual results could differ materially from those projected or forecast in the forward-looking statements. The factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include the following: the risk that the parties may be unable to achieve expected synergies and operating efficiencies in the merger within the expected timeframes (or at all) and to successfully integrate the operations of Monsanto Company (“Monsanto”) into those of Bayer Aktiengesellschaft (“Bayer”); such integration may be more difficult, time-consuming or costly than expected; revenues following the transaction may be lower than expected; operating costs, customer loss and business disruption (including difficulties in maintaining relationships with employees, customers, clients or suppliers) may be greater or more significant than expected following the transaction; the retention of certain key employees at Monsanto; the parties’ ability to meet expectations regarding the accounting and tax treatments of the merger; the impact of refinancing the loans taken out for the transaction; the impact of indebtedness incurred by Bayer in connection with the transaction and the potential impact on Bayer’s rating of indebtedness; the effects of the business combination of Bayer and Monsanto, including the combined company’s future financial condition, operating results, strategy and plans; other factors detailed in Monsanto’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2017, and Monsanto’s other filings with the SEC, which are available at http://www.sec.gov and on Monsanto’s website at www.monsanto.com; and other factors discussed in Bayer’s public reports which are available on the Bayer website at www.bayer.com. Bayer assumes no obligation to update the information in this communication, except as otherwise required by law. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements that speak only as of the date hereof.
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