A compensation that the Bayer chemical company in the United States must pay in a case around Roundup weed killer is expected to be lower. According to a judge in San Francisco, the amount of more than 80 million dollars for a man who says he got cancer from the drug is too high.

A jury awarded the amount of money in March to a man from California who was diagnosed with a rare form of lymph node cancer after years of using the herbicide on his own property. Of this, 75 million dollars was intended as a fine and approximately 5 million dollars as compensation. But according to the American constitution, the ratio between compensation and fine cannot have such a large difference in size.

“It is quite clear that I have to lower the fine according to the constitution, and the question is to what extent,” the judge said during a hearing.

Bayer, which had Roundup in its lap through the takeover of the Monsanto group, demanded that the compensation be completely swept off the table. The court does not seem to agree with that requirement. The ruling will follow later.

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