(Bloomberg) -- Bayer AG agreed to postpone two upcoming U.S. trials involving its Roundup weedkiller to allow time for mediation talks on a possible settlement with plaintiffs.
The German agriculture giant agreed to delay two trials that were set to begin in January in California, according to an emailed statement to Bloomberg. Other Roundup trials are still scheduled to begin in the same month, Bayer said.
The competing sides had already pushed back a handful of trials scheduled for this fall amid mediation talks in the U.S. The German company has lost three U.S. trials against plaintiffs who claim that Roundup, its top-selling weedkiller, caused their cancer. Bayer has appealed those verdicts and insists the product is safe. There were 42,700 other U.S. plaintiffs suing the company over the product as of October.