November 13, 2019 / 3:05 PM / a month ago

Mediation between Bayer, plaintiffs seeks to clarify all justified claims: U.S. mediator

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Bayer AG is pictured outside a plant of the German pharmaceutical and chemical maker in Wuppertal, Germany August 9, 2019. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay/File Photo

BERLIN (Reuters) - Mediation between Bayer and plaintiffs in the United States aims to clarify all justified claims related to Roundup herbicide both at the national and state level, mediator Ken Feinberg told a German magazine.

“The mediation is going slowly but steadily,” Wirtschaftswoche on Wednesday quoted Feinberg as saying.

Bayer is trying to reach a settlement after earlier court rulings against it. The German drugs and pesticides maker, which acquired Roundup and other glyphosate-based weed killers as part of its $63 billion takeover of Monsanto last year, faces potentially heavy litigation costs as plaintiffs claim Roundup causes cancer, something Bayer disputes.

Reporting by Riham Alkousaa; Editing by Michelle Martin

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