Are You Eligible for a Roundup Lawsuit?
It is a silent killer that has affected more than 14,000 people nationwide, and that number is growing every day. You or a member of your family may be one of its victims. We are talking about the weedkiller called Roundup manufactured by Monsanto (now owned by Bayer), and the Roundup cancer lawsuits that followed. If you have used the product or work for a company who does, you may be affected and therefore eligible for compensation for your losses.
Current Status of the Roundup Cancer Lawsuits
- 14,000+ lawsuits filed against Monsanto to date
- $2.1 billion penalty against Monsanto in Oakland, California, May 2019
- Awarded to Alva and Alberta Pilliod diagnosed with cancer (on appeal now)
- $46.5 million penalty against Monsanto in St. Louis, Missouri, March 2019
- Awarded to Edwin Hardeman diagnosed with cancer (on appeal now)
- $78.5 million penalty against Monsanto in San Francisco, California, August 2018
- Awarded to Dewayne Johnson, diagnosed with terminal cancer (reduced to $38 million and on appeal now)
In Johnson’s court case, not only did the jury agree that his cancer was caused by Roundup, they determined Monsanto hid the dangers of Roundup from consumers.
The weedkiller Roundup has been closely linked to the onset of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, or NHL, a type of cancer that can be deadly. According to the International Agency for the Research on Cancer, the dangerous ingredient in Roundup is glyphosate, which has been identified as a “possible human carcinogen.” Additional 2019 studies have revealed that Roundup may partially be the cause of a 40% increase in non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma for those who’ve used it or come in contact with it.
- The new study above released in April 2019 by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) linked Roundup’s active ingredient, glyphosate, to several cancers in 8 studies, including Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
- In 2015, the IARC labeled glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic” when lab tests revealed that mice developed tumors after exposure.
What is Roundup and Glyphosate?
Roundup, introduced by Monsanto in 1974, is one of the world’s most commonly used herbicides, but contains the dangerously potent ingredient, glyphosate, which most people are unaware of. Monsanto’s products are available in more than 130 countries and have been approved for weed control for more than 100 crops. Above all, it’s generally used to control weeds in residential areas and large-scale farming or agricultural areas. Even though glyphosate products have been approved and regulated, their debilitating effects on both humans and the environment remain a grave and deadly concern.
Monsanto has marketed its Roundup product as “environmentally friendly” and “biodegradable” which led to its increasing popularity as a “safe herbicide” for killing weeds. But in March 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer reported that exposure to Roundup can lead to cancer – and not only non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Still, Monsanto has continued to manipulate the scientific record of glyphosate with ghostwritten studies and bribes (USRTK article), as well as alleged fraudulent deals made with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Other Risks Associated with Roundup
Roundup weedkiller has been linked to numerous other cancers in the non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma family such as:
- B or T- Cell Lymphoma
- Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
- Hairy Cell Lymphoma
- Mantle Cell Lymphoma
If you have worked with or been exposed to Roundup weedkiller either at home or on the job and you’re suffering from any of the above health conditions, the herbicide could be responsible for your illness or disease.
Glyphosate is now banned in 29 countries around the world. But sadly, it is still legal in the United States and therefore putting countless consumers at risk every day.
Who Might Be Exposed to Roundup’s Dangerous Ingredient, Glyphosate?
As early as 1998, scientists have known that when normal human lymphocytes are exposed to Roundup in a test tube, the DNA is likely to be damaged. In March 2017, the California Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) became the first U.S. agency to declare glyphosate as a “known human carcinogen” under CA State Proposition 65.
In addition to individuals and homeowners with gardens and lawns, the following groups are the most likely vulnerable victims:
Farmers and field workers are at a dangerously high risk for suffering side effects and illness from Roundup because of the frequency and quantity of the weedkiller they’re exposed to. Even farmers with a smaller crop yield report using as much as 50 to 70 gallons of Roundup a year.
Groundskeepers and Golf Course Employees
Any employee who uses Roundup as part of their daily responsibilities is at high risk for adverse health conditions. In one of the most recent trials against Monsanto, Dewayne Johnson, a Northern Californian groundskeeper and pest-control manager, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma after he developed a strange rash in August 2014. Court records indicate that Johnson’s duties included mixing and spraying hundreds of gallons of Roundup weedkiller. As a result, Johnson was awarded $78.5 million in damages (now reduced down by the Court to $38 million).
A child’s chances of developing brain cancer doubled when they had at least one parent previously exposed to Roundup during the two years before birth, according to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (part of the U.S. Health and Human Services Department).
Additional Risk Factors from Roundup
Further studies have shown that glyphosate products like Roundup can affect DNA, cells and tissue culture in various animals such as mice, eels, sea urchin embryos and fruit fly larvae. According to Dr. Fernando Manas, a biologist at the National University of Rio Cuarto in Argentina, the spraying of glyphosate is what causes DNA damage in some of these insects.
How Much Money Does Monsanto Make from Roundup?
According to data filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Monsanto made nearly $4.76 billion in sales in 2015 alone and $1.9 billion in gross profits. In its latest fiscal year, Monsanto cited even higher global sales of glyphosate.
Roundup Cancer Lawsuits Filed Against Monsanto
To date, there have been over 14,000 Roundup cancer lawsuits filed against Monsanto, the manufacturer of Roundup, with the following allegations raised:
- Failure to properly research the link between the weed killer and NHL cancer
- Failure to warn about potential risks associated with exposure to the Roundup weed killer
- Disregard of the probable risks of the Roundup weed killer
- Disregard of the safety warning of the weed killer
Further Allegations Against Monsanto:
- The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are funded by pesticide manufacturers
- Research studies into the toxicity of glyphosate were ghostwritten by paid Monsanto employees, using the names of academics to establish credibility
- A senior EPA official is accused of helping Monsanto thwart cancer studies
Take Legal Action Against Roundup and Monsanto!
If you or someone you know has been exposed to Roundup weedkiller and have undiagnosed health symptoms, you should seek medical attention immediately. Or if you have been diagnosed with an illness or disease and have been exposed to the weedkiller, you should contact a Roundup lawsuit attorney at Childers, Schlueter & Smith immediately. You may be entitled to compensatory damages due to pain, suffering, extensive medical bills and missed wages. The manufacturer of Roundup needs to be held accountable for their negligence in touting their product as safe for decades, while their customers have become sick and more vulnerable to the health risks associated with this product. Monsanto should be held accountable for its negligent practices so that other families can avoid further risk.
Our Roundup cancer lawyers are devoted to helping victims nationwide receive justice and compensation for their losses. Act now to learn more about Roundup cancer lawsuits.Contact Childers, Schlueter & Smith today for a toll free consultation at 1-800-641-0098 or send us a confidential message.
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