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posted by janrinok on Thursday June 23, @09:09AM   Printer-friendly

US Supreme Court rejects Bayer's bid to end Roundup lawsuits:

The US Supreme Court has rejected Bayer's bid to dismiss legal claims by customers who say its weedkiller causes cancer, as the German company seeks to avoid potentially billions of dollars in damages.

The justices turned away a Bayer appeal's on Tuesday and left in place a lower court decision that upheld $25m in damages awarded to California resident Edwin Hardeman, a user of its product Roundup, who blamed his cancer on the pharmaceutical and chemical giant's glyphosate-based weedkillers.

The Supreme Court's ruling dealt a blow to Bayer as the company manoeuvres to limit its legal liability in thousands of cases. The justices have a second Bayer petition pending on a related issue that they could act upon in the coming weeks.

Roundup-related lawsuits have dogged Bayer since it acquired the brand as part of its $63bn purchase of agricultural seeds and pesticides maker Monsanto in 2018.

[...] The lawsuits against Bayer have said the company should have warned customers of the alleged cancer risk.

[...] Bayer plans to replace glyphosate in weedkillers for the US residential market of non-professional gardeners with other active ingredients.

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  • (Score: 2) by Gaaark on Thursday June 23, @02:57PM (2 children)

    by Gaaark (41) Subscriber Badge on Thursday June 23, @02:57PM (#1255591) Journal

    Drink a bottle of Roundup and get back to us.

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  • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 23, @03:32PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 23, @03:32PM (#1255602)

    It is commonly understood that the toxicity in Roundup comes from the stuff they add in addition to glyphosate, specifically their surfactant and some other additives. Rodeo also uses glyphosate and is fully approved for wetland use -- i.e. the EPA lets you spray it directly into water ways.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 25, @07:02AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 25, @07:02AM (#1256000)

    That is akin to asking god botherers to live according to the rules inflicted upon others. Imagine males covering themselves head to toe to prevent tempting a female to rape them. They never like the medicine they prescribe for others.