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two billion dollars that's how much a California jury has ordered bear to pay a couple who claim the weed killer roundup because their cancer the large awarding punitive damages is likely to be reduced however it's the third street trial lost by agribusiness company Monsanto over the chemical now owned by Germany's Bayer roundup is based on the herbicide glyphosate Bayer acquired it is part of a sixty three billion dollar purchase of Monsanto last year plaintiffs Alfa number two , apple in their seventies allege the regular use of round up on their property between nineteen seventy five and twenty eleven cause them to contract non Hodgkins lymphoma they were giving us an HR is because from their ads we felt that it was incredibly safe to use , %HESITATION , we've been fighting cancer for , it was caused by roundup the jury found the bear failed to warn the chemicals cancer risk and also that the company acted negligently bear faces more than thirteen thousand four hundred US lawsuits over roundups alleged cancer risk the company called the juries decision quote excessive an unjustifiable and said it will appeal bear says a decades of studies by the company and independent scientists have shown go life is eight and round up to be safe for human use shareholders have rebuked the company's top management over its handling of the Monsanto acquisition and the litigation and inherited which is white over thirty billion dollars from bears market value since the first a jury verdict