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Missouri Senate Debates Bill to Protect Pesticide Manufacturers from Cancer Lawsuits

Pesticide Makers' Shield from Cancer Lawsuits Hangs in Balance in Missouri Senate

Time is ticking away for a controversial bill aimed at shielding pesticide manufacturers from lawsuits over cancer claims, thanks to an unlikely coalition of opponents determined to stall its progress.

The legislation, backed by powerful agriculture and business groups, would protect companies like Bayer, the manufacturer of Roundup, from “failure to warn” lawsuits filed by individuals who claim the product caused their non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

However, a diverse alliance of trial attorneys, environmental advocates, and conservative lawmakers is fighting to ensure the bill doesn’t make it to the governor’s desk.

Bill to Limit Cancer Lawsuits Against Pesticide Companies Faces Uphill Battle in Missouri Senate

The bill’s supporters argue that glyphosate, the key ingredient in Roundup, has been deemed safe by environmental regulators and that lawsuits are unfair and costly.

However, opponents counter that the legislation prioritizes corporate interests over citizens’ rights, potentially leaving those harmed by pesticides without legal recourse.

Bayer has already paid out billions in settlements and jury verdicts but maintains that glyphosate is safe and that the lawsuits are unfounded. With only hours left in the legislative session, the bill’s fate hangs in the balance as the Missouri Senate remains gridlocked in a multi-day filibuster.

If it fails to pass, it will be a significant victory for those who have rallied against it, including the Missouri Freedom Caucus, trial attorneys, and environmental groups.

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