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U.S. judge limits evidence in trial over Roundup cancer claims

SAN FRANCISCO: A federal judge overseeing lawsuits alleging Bayer AG’s glyphosate-based weed killer causes cancer has issued a ruling that could severely restrict evidence that the plaintiffs consider crucial to their cases. U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria in San Francisco in an order on Thursday granted Bayer unit Monsanto’s request to split an upcoming trial into two phases. The ruling initially bars lawyers for plaintiff Edwin Hardeman from introducing evidence that the company allegedly attempted to influence…