With two Roundup cancer lawsuits having returned millions of dollars in compensation for the plaintiffs, Americans who were exposed to the herbicide are now asking if they might also have a claim against Monsanto (now owned by Bayer AG). Roundup weed killer has been reportedly linked to an increased risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and other health problems, and millions of Americans have been exposed to the chemical and its active ingredient—glyphosate—in some manner.
Corporations have a duty to make and market products that are safe for use. When those products come with an increased risk of serious adverse events, companies must warn consumers about those risks, so consumers can make informed decisions about whether or not to use them. At Patterson Dahlberg, we are committed to holding corporations like Monsanto accountable when they breach their duty to the public and put people’s lives and health at risk.
What are the Roundup allegations?
So far, more than 9,000 Monsanto lawsuits have reportedly been filed, alleging the company’s famous herbicide, Roundup, is responsible for the development of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (also called non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma). The Monsanto cancer lawsuits argue that Monsanto knew or should have known about the increased Roundup cancer risk but did not adequately warn consumers about the link between Roundup and cancer, instead of allowing the public to think its herbicide is safe for use.
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a cancer that begins in the patient’s lymphatic system. Depending on the particular factors of each situation patients can go into remission but non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma can also be terminal.
In 2015 the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) deemed glyphosate “probably carcinogenic to humans.”
What have the Roundup lawsuit juries found?
So far, both juries to hear Monsanto Roundup cancer lawsuits have agreed with the plaintiffs that Roundup was a substantial factor in their cancer and that Monsanto failed to warn consumers about the potential risks associated with using the chemical.
In March 2019, a San Francisco jury awarded Edwin Hardeman $80 million in his Monsanto lawsuit, finding that Hardeman’s non-Hodgkin lymphoma was linked to Roundup exposure. Hardeman had used Roundup for years around his home to prevent weeds from growing. In agreeing with Hardeman, the jury awarded him $5 million in compensatory damages and $75 million in punitive damages.
In Aug. 2018, a San Francisco jury awarded Mr Johnson $289 million in damages, though that award was later reduced to $78 million, finding that Roundup was a substantial factor in Johnson developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma and that Monsanto failed to warn about the risks associated with its use.
This lawsuit was the first to be heard because his cancer is terminal. Johnson was exposed to Roundup and a similar Monsanto product, Ranger Pro, through his work as a school groundskeeper. During that time, he applied the herbicide 20 to 30 times a year and had two accidents that saw him soaked in the chemical. By the time his Roundup cancer lawsuit went to trial, Johnson had tumors covering approximately 80 percent of his body and had days where his health was so poor he could not speak.
Included in the trial was evidence including internal records from Monsanto that allegedly showed the company ghostwrote scientific papers that suggested glyphosate was safe.
Who can file a Monsanto Roundup lawsuit?
People who have been exposed to Roundup or Ranger Pro and have developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma should contact a Roundup cancer attorney to discuss their options as they may be eligible to file a Monsanto cancer lawsuit. Family members of those who have died from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after being exposed to the products may be eligible to file a Roundup wrongful death lawsuit.
Plaintiffs do not necessarily need to have used Roundup or Ranger Pro directly to have a claim. Those who live near areas where the products were regularly used or who ingested it from a contaminated water supply may have a claim.
It is vital you speak to an attorney as soon as possible, however, because the statute of limitations varies depending on the state you live in, and if you miss the deadline for filing a lawsuit you will not be able to.
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