Court cases can often leave businesses in line to lose a considerable amount of money, often millions of dollars, especially if the court rules against the company. In such cases, many business owners and operators choose to appeal verdicts that may not be favorable to them. If successful, appeals can help companies reach better outcomes.
Florida readers may be interested in an appeal currently underway in another state. Bayer, the maker of Roundup, has been tied up in litigation for years over claims that Roundup causes cancer. A groundskeeper filed the initial claim that the use of the product caused his non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and a jury initially awarded him $289.2 million. The amount was reduced to $78.5 million by the trial judge, and the Court of Appeal reduced it further to $20.5 million.
Though considerably reduced, Bayer continues to appeal the decisions made by the court system. The company believes that the ruling goes against federal law and certain legal principles, including how other courts handle similar cases involving Roundup claims. Bayer also believes that the court should consider whether the company should be held liable for using a federally approved herbicide.
Appeals can be an important part of the legal process, especially when a company feels that a ruling is unjust. Of course, moving forward with additional legal action can be time consuming and difficult. As a result, it is wise to have experienced and knowledgeable legal help to ensure that Florida companies are able to handle their cases as best as possible.