A Roundup cancer trial scheduled for Wednesday in St. Louis, Missouri, will has been cancelled fueling speculation that more settlements of tens of thousands of lawsuits against the maker of the product are in the works.
The St. Louis case, Wade v. Monsanto, involves four plaintiffs, including one woman whose husband died of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. More than 50,000 people have filed similar suits claiming that Monsanto knew about the risks to consumers, but failed to issue such warnings.
The company has been looking toward a global settlement of $10 billion in total to settle most, if not all, of the claims.
The first trials went in favor of the plaintiffs where juries awarded over $2.3 billion in damages to four plaintiffs. The awards were eventually lowered by judges and all cases are under appeal.
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