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U.S. Supreme Court Takes No Action on Roundup Case

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chicago roundup lawsuit attorneyOn Monday, June 11, the United States Supreme Court took no action regarding a bid by German pharmaceutical and chemical company Bayer to have legal claims against it related to Roundup weedkiller dismissed. This specific case is an appeal of a $25 million award in the state of California to Edwin Hardeman, who blamed his cancer on decades of Roundup use. The Biden administration has urged the court not to hear Bayer’s appeal, reversing course from the previous administration. The lack of action leaves the possibility that the court will hear the case. The closely-watched case could impact how Roundup lawsuits are handled across the country.

Roundup Background and Ongoing Cases

Roundup is a popular weed-killing chemical that has been used in the United States for decades by homeowners, landscapers, and other workers. One of its ingredients, glyphosate, has been linked in studies to harmful effects in humans such as cancer, including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. This type of cancer can lead to tumors in the lymph nodes, spleen, tonsils, and bone marrow. The tumors may spread to other parts of the body, including the brain, liver, and digestive system. Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma can be fatal if proper treatment is not provided before the cancer spreads.

The previous manufacturer of Roundup, Monsanto, knew of the potentially harmful side effects while continuing to sell the product. This has resulted in legal action against Bayer, which paid $63 billion to buy Monsanto in 2018.

To date, approximately $11 billion has been paid in almost 100,000 settlement agreements by Monsanto. This accounts for nearly 80% of all Roundup claims, though over 25,000 active lawsuits remain. Despite the health studies and warnings, Roundup met federal herbicide regulations as developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Therefore, state regulatory requirements for herbicides have been the basis for the majority of lawsuits.

If the appeal at the Supreme Court is denied or if the court refuses to hear the case, then Bayer is expected to add another $4.5 billion to resolve suits. They are hoping that the court will rule that federal herbicide regulations outweigh state regulatory requirements.

Contact a Chicago Roundup Injury Attorney

The Illinois Roundup exposure lawyers of Toxic Tort Injury Lawyers continue to fight for those who have been harmed by their use of Roundup weed killer. If you contracted non-Hodgkin's lymphoma that may have been caused by your exposure to Roundup, we can advise you on whether you may be able to pursue financial compensation. To schedule a free consultation, call our office at 866-553-9812.

Sources:

https://www.reuters.com/business/us-supreme-court-takes-no-action-bayer-bid-nix-weedkiller-suits-2022-06-13/

https://www.wsj.com/articles/bayer-wins-roundup-cancer-case-ahead-of-supreme-court-decision-11654858130

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