Bayer pharmaceutical company has been in lawsuit news for years, fighting tooth and nail against victims who say Roundup weedkiller caused their cancer.
In the latest news, the U.S. Supreme court rejected an appeal from Bayer to drop thousands of these lawsuits. The verdict is outstanding news for victims—I’ll tell you more below, and explain how to get in touch with a New York Roundup cancer lawyer if you believe your cancer was caused by this dangerous product.
Supreme Court Leaves $25 Million Decision in Place
In the 2019 case in question, California resident Edwin Hardeman sued Bayer, claiming that after using Roundup for more than 30 years to control weeds at his home, the product caused his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The original ruling, in which the jury awarded Hardeman $80 million in damages before the judge reduced the amount to $25 million, was upheld by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
In its ruling, they stated that Hardeman’s legal team had proved that Roundup was defectively designed. They also noted the lack of a cancer warning label and manufacturer’s negligence in continuing to produce, market, and sell the product. The Supreme Court also stated that the company had demonstrated “reckless disregard” for victims’ health and safety.
While it may seem obvious that Bayer is responsible for exposing consumers to risk, legal cases are incredibly complicated. If you believe that you have been harmed by this toxic product, a Roundup attorney serving New York can be a reliable source of information. Buttafuoco & Associates has experience in handling these cases, and offers free consultations at 1-800-NOW-HURT.
Even Worse News for Bayer
What makes this verdict even worse for Bayer is the fact that legal experts consider it a “test case” for thousands of similar lawsuits. Because Hardeman’s legal team was able to prove the company’s negligence, the door is now open for thousands of other victims to present similar arguments. By refusing the appeal, the Supreme Court significantly impacted the possibility of Bayer winning these types of cases in the future. The company was hoping to avoid paying billions in damages in the remaining cases, and this is a major blow.
That said, the coast isn’t clear for victims.
Bayer has won four of seven trials against Roundup users. They’ve had to set aside a total of over $16 million to settle and litigate future cases, as recent winners have each recovered over $10 million. How much a Roundup lawsuit is worth is a common question we get at Buttafuoco & Associates. You can read the linked blog to learn more, or get in touch with our New York Roundup attorneys for more information.
Supreme Court Asks EPA to Reassess Roundup Cancer Risk
The same court that upheld the Hardeman verdict has also asked the Environmental Protection Agency to review evidence on whether or not glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup weed killer, presents legitimate risks to humans and the environment.
Although in 2020, the EPA determined that glyphosate doesn’t pose a serious cancer risk, the appeals court disagreed, saying the EPA needed to more thoroughly consider the research. Bayer continues to argue that the Roundup cancer claims are not in agreement with the EPA’s statements, despite the fact that cases continue to pour in from victims who have been harmed by the product.
This verdict will be on its way in October 2022.
Do You Have a Roundup Case?
If you are concerned that Bayer’s Roundup has caused your cancer, Buttafuoco & Associates may be able to help. We are currently handling Roundup cancer cases as part of a mass tort settlement, where many cases are heard at once.
Because mass litigation cases are large, they can be incredibly powerful. Each victim retains their individual lawyer and receives personalized attention, but attorneys band their services together to share access to evidence and build cases. This often makes cases go more quickly, and mass litigation is also often more successful than going it alone. In terms of settlement amounts, compensation is tiered depending on the severity of injury sustained.
If you have used Roundup and believe your cancer may have been caused by it, get in touch with our Roundup attorneys in New York for a free consultation. We must fight against these companies’ negligence and willingness to endanger the public with defective products. Victims are entitled to the medical care and compensation they deserve. At Buttafuoco & Associates, we will fight for your rights to get you the best possible outcome for your case.
Call today to learn more at 1-800-NOW-HURT.