Roundup Weed Killer Lawsuit
(Updated Sept. 4, 2018)
Monsanto’s Roundup Weed and Grass Killer (or glyphosate) is the most popular herbicide in the world. It’s commonly believed to be one of the safest herbicides on the market; millions of agricultural workers, landscapers, and gardeners around the world use the product, innocent of its health risks.
The first Roundup lawsuit to go to trial resulted in a $289 million verdict for a former groundskeeper.
Scientific studies show an association between the chemical and an increased risk of cancer, especially among those who come in direct contact with the product. About 8,000 lawsuits have been filed throughout the country on behalf of agricultural laborers and gardeners diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after using Roundup.
In August 2018, the first Roundup lawsuit to go to trial resulted in a $289 million verdict for former groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson. Mr. Johnson was allegedly diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after regularly using the herbicide at work.
If you were diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after using Roundup, contact our legal team for a free case review. You may be entitled to compensation.
The E.P.A. Raises Glyphosate Limits, Helping Roundup Appear Safe
Though glyphosate has been linked to multiple cases of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, governing bodies are hesitant to admit it. Only the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a division of the World Health Organization, has come out to say that the chemical is a “probable” carcinogen.
The EPA—which posted a report that said glyphosate does not cause cancer, then quickly took it down—continues to claim that the public’s current exposure to glyphosate doesn’t exceed the healthy limits they have established. In 2013 though, they doubled the maximum glyphosate levels for food and oilseed crops (including soybeans), making it easier for Monsanto to market the product as “safe.”
Recent lawsuits allege that E.P.A. officials may have purposely altered their research to support Monsanto. A court filing included correspondence from E.P.A. toxicologist Marion Copley accusing E.P.A. scientist Jess Rowland of playing “political conniving games with the science.”
Monsanto Faces Protests Worldwide
Because glyphosate is sprayed around the world, the fight against Monsanto is truly a global one. Europe is especially vocal against the company; protests have become only more common since the proposed merger of German-based Bayer and Monsanto in September 2016.
“Citizens cannot stand by and watch their plates be filled with chemicals.”
More than 100 French chefs signed an open letter against the Bayer and Monsanto merger, arguing that “citizens cannot stand by and watch their plates be filled with chemicals.”
France banned sales of Monsanto’s Roundup to the public in 2015. The Netherlands has banned it completely, putting pressure on the E.U. to follow their lead. Though E.U. delegates voted against a 15-year license for glyphosate in June this year, they only gave the chemical an 18-month extension.
The first International Monsanto Citizen Tribunal concluded in April 2017 at The Hague. The mock trial, overseen by five judges, was intended to obtain a symbolic international legal ruling against Monsanto for crimes against the environment and human health.
The judges discussed the conflicting studies on glyphosate’s toxicity. They ultimately concluded that the internal documents alleging Monsanto influenced the EPA “make hollow the so-called scientific controversy about the risks glyphosate pose on health.” The judges hoped civil servants, lawyers, and judges would act upon their ruling and ultimately change international law to hold the company accountable.
Farmers and Gardeners File Lawsuits Against Monsanto
Since the IARC confirmed that glyphosate was a probable carcinogen, hundreds of Roundup users suffering from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma have filed lawsuits against the company.
In Nebraska, farmers filed a class action lawsuit against Monsanto. Lawsuits were also filed by a Kona Coffee farm owner in Hawaii, and a widow of a California farmer. All of these lawsuits share one thing in common: Farmers used Monsanto Roundup Weed Killer for years believing it was safe, and were eventually diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Monsanto continues to fight these lawsuits, claiming that their product is safe. In fact, they went as far as to file a lawsuit of their own against California, alleging that the state wrongly listed glyphosate as a carcinogen under their Prop 65 law.
Quaker Oats Under Fire for Glyphosate Residue
Lawsuits aren’t just popping up by and against Monsanto; other companies are now forced to confront glyphosate contamination in their products. Quaker Oats, for example, was hit with a lawsuit for deceptive labeling—using the term “all natural”—when traces of glyphosate were found in their oats.
The FDA began testing for glyphosate residue in food products in February 2016. Along with Quaker Oats, they discovered that baby food, honey, and California wine (even organic varieties) contain traces of the chemical. As the FDA continues their tests, it’s likely that more companies will pay a hefty price for using Monsanto Roundup.
What Do Roundup Lawsuits Allege?
Lawsuits filed against Monsanto allege a combination of the following:
- Exposure to glyphosate can cause cancer.
- Monsanto has known that exposure to glyphosate presents human health risks, including a risk of developing cancer.
- Monsanto Roundup labels fail to warn consumers about the risk of cancer.
- Monsanto misrepresented Roundup’s health and environmental risks, ultimately misinforming government agencies, farmers, and the public of its safety.
Who Has Filed Lawsuits Against Monsanto?
A former school groundskeeper was awarded $289 million in the first trial over Monsanto’s Roundup.
In August 2018, a San Francisco jury issued a $289 million verdict in the first trial against Monsanto’s Roundup.
Former groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson used Roundup regularly for his job at a San Francisco Bay Area school. He was involved in two accidents that soaked him with the herbicide, his attorneys said. In 2014, two years after one of the accidents, he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The San Francisco jury ruled that the cancer was attributed to Mr. Johnson’s exposure to Roundup.
ClassAction.com Of Counsel attorney Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. is part of a legal team representing plaintiffs in similar Roundup cases. About 8,000 cases await trial in state and federal courts.
Who is Eligible for a Lawsuit?
Anyone who has been exposed to Monsanto’s Roundup Weed Killer and has developed lymphatic cancer, like non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, within the last decade may be eligible to receive compensation for their suffering. Hold Monsanto responsible by participating in a class action lawsuit.
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