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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.

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