In a recent turn of events, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Justice Department filed a friend of the court brief on Friday in support of Bayer, the maker of Roundup weedkiller. The filing says the federal appeals court should reverse a lower court ruling awarding a California man, Edwin Hardeman, $25 million in damages after a jury determined the company was liable for the weed killer causing his cancer.
The government argued that glyphosate, the weed killer’s active ingredient, is not a carcinogen and was exempt from putting the warning on the label as California state law demands.
The backing by the EPA and Justice Department comes soon after Bayer asked a U.S. federal appeals court to throw out the $25 million judgment it was ordered to pay Hardeman. Bayer maintains its position that Roundup weed killer does not cause cancer.
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