Roundup trial on hold

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A class-action lawsuit in Missouri against Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer was put on hold recently to give Bayer AG, the owner, more time to negotiate with lawyers representing the claimants.

Court-appointed mediator Ken Feinberg, who leads the settlement discussions, has put the number of Roundup cancer claimants at more than 75,000 while Bayer said the claims it has been served with in court are fewer than 50,000.

Whatever the number, it could involve a multi-billion-dollar settlement.

Bayer said it will continue the mediation process under Feinberg in good faith.