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US judge reduces $2 billion Monsanto Roundup verdict against Bayer

A California judge cut a $2 billion jury verdict against Bayer-owned Monsanto over its Roundup weed killer to $86.7 million. Bayer faces some 13,000 US lawsuits over the glyphosate-based product's potential health risks.

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