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UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 9, 2019

EPA won’t approve warning labels for Roundup chemical

The Trump administration has instructed companies not to warn customers about products that contain glyphosate, a move aimed at California as it fights one of the world’s largest agriculture companies …

UPDATED: Fri., July 26, 2019

Judge reduces $2B award in Monsanto Roundup case to $86.7M

A Northern California judge has upheld a jury’s verdict that Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide caused cancer in a couple but reduced damages from $2 billion to $86.7 million.

Feds respond to discovery of genetically engineered wheat on Washington farm

A federal agency has discovered genetically-altered wheat plants growing in Washington state that were engineered to be resistant to the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide, but the agency officials haven’t …

UPDATED: Wed., June 12, 2019

WSU regents approve 2.4% tuition hikes, athletic budget, purchase of Monsanto property near Othello

Washington State University’s board of regents approved 2.4% tuition increases for most students on Friday. The hikes mean undergraduates from Washington will pay $9,953 in tuition for the 2019-20 academic …

Jury: Monsanto to pay $2 billion in weed killer cancer case

A Northern California jury ordered agribusiness giant Monsanto Co. to pay a combined $2.05 billion to a couple who claimed the company’s popular weed killer Roundup Ready caused each of …

Thanks a lot, Grandma: Negative effects of Roundup chemical doesn’t surface for generations, WSU researcher says

Much of the food we eat today may impact our great-grandchildren, a prominent WSU researcher said. Bayer, the company that owns the chemical in question, is fighting that assertion.

UPDATED: Wed., March 20, 2019

Shares in Germany’s Bayer plunge on Roundup weed killer ruling

Shares in chemicals manufacturer Bayer fell sharply Wednesday after a U.S. jury found the Roundup weed killer to have been a substantial factor in a California man’s cancer.

High-stakes trial starts in Roundup weed killer cancer claim

A jury in federal court in San Francisco will decide whether Roundup weed killer caused a California man’s cancer in a trial starting Monday that plaintiffs’ attorneys say could help …

Jurors: Don’t throw out $289M weed killer cancer verdict

Jurors who found that agribusiness giant Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer contributed to a school groundskeeper’s cancer are urging a San Francisco judge not to throw out the bulk of their …

Gonzaga to host talk on PCBs, Monsanto’s role

The Gonzaga University School of Law will host a workshop and talk on PCBs, Monsanto and the Spokane River at 6 p.m. next Thursday in the Barbieri Courtroom at the …

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 10, 2018

Jury backs man who claims Roundup weed killer caused cancer

A San Francisco jury on Friday ordered agribusiness giant Monsanto to pay $289 million to a former school groundskeeper dying of cancer, saying the company’s popular Roundup weed killer contributed …

Bayer selling $9B in ag business ahead of Monsanto merger

German pharmaceutical giant Bayer AG has agreed to the U.S. government’s demand that it sell about $9 billion in agriculture businesses as the condition for acquiring Monsanto Co., a U.S. …

UPDATED: Wed., March 21, 2018

EU approves Bayer takeover of Monsanto after concessions

The European Union has approved Bayer’s buyout of Monsanto in a massive agriculture business deal, but says they will have to shed over $7.4 billion in firms and other remedies …

UPDATED: Mon., March 5, 2018

Judge to weigh science behind Monsanto Roundup cancer claim

Claims that the active ingredient in the widely used weed killer Roundup can cause cancer have been evaluated by international agencies, U.S. and foreign regulators and the product’s manufacturer – …

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 5, 2017

Monsanto moves to stop Arkansas from banning weed killer

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Monsanto asked a judge Tuesday to prevent Arkansas from enforcing a proposal going before lawmakers next week that would ban the use of a weedkiller that …

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 17, 2017

Monsanto asks Arkansas judge to halt state’s herbicide ban

A major agribusiness company asked an Arkansas judge Friday to halt the state’s plan to ban an herbicide that’s drawn complaints from farmers across several states who say the weed …

EU probes Bayer’s planned buyout of Monsanto

The European Union’s anti-trust watchdog said Tuesday that it has launched a probe into German chemical maker Bayer’s planned acquisition of U.S. seed and weed-killer company Monsanto.

Monsanto shareholders approve Bayer’s $57 billion takeover

Monsanto Co. shareholders on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a $57 billion merger with Bayer AG, a deal that would combine two of the world’s biggest agricultural companies.

Federal judge denies Monsanto’s request to dismiss Spokane River PCB lawsuit

A lawsuit by the city of Spokane against Monsanto over pollution in the Spokane River can go forward, a federal judge in Spokane ruled.

Bayer buying Monsanto, will create global chemical, ag giant

American seed and weed-killer company Monsanto and German medicine and farm chemical maker Bayer are combining in a deal that could help farmers produce higher yields to address challenges from …

SEC awards $22 million to Monsanto whistleblower

A former Monsanto financial executive who blew the whistle on the company’s accounting practices has been awarded a $22.4 million share of the government’s settlement with Monsanto, according to his …

Monsanto rejects Bayer buyout, again

NEW YORK – Monsanto is rejecting the second takeover bid from Bayer. The German drug and chemicals company last week boosted its offer from $62 billion, to about $65 billion, …

Germany’s Bayer increases offer for seed company Monsanto

BERLIN – German drug and chemicals firm Bayer increased its offer for U.S. seed company Monsanto Co. on Thursday by $3 a share to $125, saying the move followed several …

Tests prompt Spokane to stick with current de-icer despite presence of PCBs

After two rounds of testing on a handful of ice-fighting products, the city of Spokane will continue to use liquid magnesium chloride de-icer on its winter streets, even though it …

Monsanto rejects Bayer bid, but still open to talks

Monsanto is rejecting Bayer’s $62 billion takeover bid, calling it “incomplete and financially inadequate.”

Q-and-A: What Bayer-Monsanto merger could mean

FRANKFURT, Germany – Bayer wants to buy Monsanto for $62 billion, hooking up the German chemical and drug company with the St. Louis-based producer of seeds and weed-killers. The deal …

Germany’s Bayer makes $62 billion offer for Monsanto

German drug and chemicals company Bayer AG announced Monday that it has made a $62 billion offer to buy U.S.-based crops and seeds specialist Monsanto.

Monsanto lawsuits by Western cities can’t be combined, judges say

A panel of federal judges denied a request to combine six lawsuits brought by six Western cities – including Spokane – against the international agrochemical giant Monsanto.

Addition to U.S. House bill could protect Monsanto from PCB lawsuits

A paragraph inserted into a large chemical safety bill could protect the agrochemical giant Monsanto from a lawsuit initiated by the city of Spokane, a move that could pit Spokane …

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