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· Supreme Court rejects appeal from Roundup maker over cancer claims
· SCOTUS rejects Bayer’s appeal on Roundup case, ruling won’t affect product availability
· Growers Disappointed Supreme Court Decides Not to Hear Glyphosate Case
· U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Bayer Bid to Nix Roundup Lawsuits
Supreme Court rejects appeal from Roundup maker over cancer claims
By Ann E. Marimow, The Washington Post
June 21, 2022
The Supreme Court on Tuesday let stand a multimillion-dollar verdict against the manufacturer of the popular weed killer Roundup for failing to warn of cancer risks.
The decision by the justices not to intervene clears the way for thousands of similar lawsuits against the company Bayer. The Biden administration had urged the court to deny the company’s request, a departure from the Trump administration’s position.
In a statement Tuesday, the company said that it disagrees with the court’s decision not to take its appeal and “is confident that the extensive body of science and consistently favorable views of leading regulatory bodies worldwide provide a strong foundation on which it can successfully defend Roundup in court when necessary.”
The case was brought by Edwin Hardeman, who was diagnosed in 2015 with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He sued the company, alleging that his use of Roundup for more than two decades had caused his cancer. He said the company had failed to warn of the cancer risks associated with the active ingredient glyphosate.
“This has been a long, hard-fought journey to bring justice for Mr. Hardeman and now thousands of other cancer victims can continue to hold Monsanto accountable for its decades of corporate malfeasance,” Hardeman’s lawyers Jennifer Moore and Aimee Wagstaff said in a statement referring to the herbicide’s original producer, which was acquired by Bayer in 2018.
The Environmental Protection Agency has repeatedly concluded that glyphosate is unlikely to cause cancer in humans…
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SCOTUS rejects Bayer’s appeal on Roundup case, ruling won’t affect product availability
By Kellan Heavican, Brownfield
June 21, 2022
The Supreme Court has denied an appeal from Bayer that would’ve ended thousands of lawsuits claiming that Roundup causes cancer.
Bayer says the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) says federal law pre-empts state regulations for different product labels, but the high court said it didn’t agree.
In a statement to Brownfield, the company says it respectfully disagrees with the court’s decision because it undermines the ability of companies to rely on actions taken by regulatory agencies. And, several farm groups opposed a solicitor general’s brief because it departed from science-based evidence.
Bayer asked the justices to hear an appeal in a case that upheld $25 million in damages to Edwin Hardeman of California who said the product caused his cancer.
The ruling doesn’t affect the availability of Roundup for farmers...
Growers Disappointed Supreme Court Decides Not to Hear Glyphosate Case
Oklahoma Farm Report
21 Jun 2022
Agriculture groups including the American Farm Bureau Federation, American Soybean Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, and National Cotton Council issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to deny the writ of certiorari petition to hear the case Monsanto v. Hardeman, which pertains to state glyphosate health warnings:
"We are disappointed the Supreme Court has decided not to hear this case, which has significant implications for our global food supply and science-based regulation. With the conflict in Ukraine threatening food security around the world and the persistent dangers posed by climate change, too much is on the line to allow the emergence of an unscientific patchwork of state pesticide labels that would threaten grower access to tools needed for productive, sustainable farming. We will be discussing the implications of the court's announcement and will determine what reforms may be needed to ensure a patchwork of state labels does not jeopardize grower access to these vital tools or science-based pesticide regulation."
On May 23, the groups sent a letter signed by 54 agricultural groups to President Biden urging him to withdraw a Solicitor General's brief submitted to the Supreme Court advising against taking up the case. In a disturbing departure from previous bipartisan administrative policy, the Solicitor General's brief argues federal pesticide registration and labeling requirements do not preclude states from imposing additional labeling requirements...
U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Bayer Bid to Nix Roundup Lawsuits
Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Additional reporting by Ludwig Burger; Editing by Will Dunham, Reuters
via AgWeb - June 21, 2022
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected Bayer AG's bid to dismiss legal claims by customers who contend its Roundup weedkiller causes cancer as the German company seeks to avoid potentially billions of dollars in damages.
The justices turned away a Bayer appeal and left in place a lower court decision that upheld $25 million in damages awarded to California resident Edwin Hardeman, a Roundup user who blamed his cancer on the pharmaceutical and chemical giant's glyphosate-based weedkillers.
The Supreme Court's action dealt a blow to Bayer as the company maneuvers to limit its legal liability in thousands of cases. The justices have a second petition pending on a related issue that they could act upon in the coming weeks...