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[$$] Bayer Shares Fall After Legal Setback on Roundup Weedkiller

The verdict shows how the German company’s $63 billion acquisition of U.S. agriculture giant Monsanto Co.—which was designed to bolster Bayer’s fading fortunes—has now become its biggest potential liability. Bayer needs the tide to turn in its favor both to avoid what analysts fear could be billions in potential legal damages and to convince investors that its Monsanto bet was right. Bayer has said the extent of the litigation it now faces wasn’t foreseeable at the time of the Monsanto deal, which turned the inventor of aspirin into the world’s largest maker of seeds and pesticides.