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Bayer announces delay to next two Roundup trials in St. Louis

(8/7, Burger, Weiss) reports that according to Bayer, “the next U.S. lawsuit scheduled to be heard over claims that its glyphosate-based weedkiller Roundup causes cancer would likely be postponed.” The trial “was initially scheduled to face its first trial outside California in St. Louis, Missouri, on Aug. 19, brought by Illinois resident Sharlean Gordon, who blames her non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma on using Roundup at home.” However, a Bayer spokesman said, “We anticipate that this court case will be postponed but we have not received any written decision,” although he made no “comment on how Bayer was informed of the delay or on the reason for it.” Other cases were also scheduled to be heard in St. Louis in September and October, but the spokesman said he was unable to comment on the timing for either case.

Bloomberg Law (8/7, Loh, Subscription Publication, 4K) reports the Aug. 19 trial “has been pushed back until January, Christine Bertelson, a spokeswoman for the St. Louis County Circuit Court, said by telephone.” She also said that “another case scheduled to start in early September was postponed,” adding that “the judge overseeing the first of the two cases will file documents about the delay when he returns from vacation later this week.”