Monsanto Roundup Lawsuit
Roundup Lawsuit Claim
Scientific studies show an association between the chemical glyphosate 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, gardeners and individuals diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after using Roundup.
What Is Roundup?
Roundup is the most widely-used grass and weed killer worldwide, earning Monsanto $4.8 billion in yearly revenue.
Its main ingredient, glyphosate, kills the weeds by destroying some enzymes that are essential to the plants’ growth.
Since at least 250 million pounds of this herbicide are sprayed yearly on crops, parks, gardens, lawns and driveways, several types of genetically modified (GMO) plants have been engineered to resist its killing power. The combined effect of the weed-killing effects of Roundup and GMOs intrinsic robustness produces superior crops with high yields.
Why is this product dangerous?
Over the last few years, several studies showed that exposure to Roundup’s main ingredient, glyphosate, could increase the risk of cancer, especially a lethal type of leukemia known as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Professional workers who are constantly exposed to this substance, such as gardeners, farmers or even just park employees and landscapers, never knew they had to protect themselves from breathing it while they did their jobs or wear protective gear from getting it on their skin.
Roundup litigations filed in court
Several law firms across the United States started filing Roundup lawsuits on behalf of plaintiffs who want to hold Monsanto responsible for the harmful side effects of the controversial herbicide. Attorneys allege that thousands of people may have developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma and other types of cancer after glyphosate exposure.
On February 1, 2016, plaintiff Edward Hardeman filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (Case No. 3:16-cv-00525), claiming he was diagnosed with cancer after decades of exposure to the dangerous chemical. He used Roundup to eradicate poison oak and weed in his property in Sonoma Country. On April 13, 2016, a federal judge refused to dismiss the lawsuit.
Scientists Found Worrisome New Evidence About Roundup and Cancer
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.
Bayer to date has lost three U.S. jury trials in the Roundup litigation, with juries in California granting multimillion-dollar awards.
Roundup Multidistrict Litigation
After dozens of lawsuits have been filed in less than six months, in October 2016, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) consolidated them in the MDL No. 2741 — In RE: Roundup Products Liability MDL. The cases have been centralized in the Northern District of California, overseen by Honorable Judge Vince Chhabria. As of June 2018, more than 450 cases are currently pending in the St. Louis, Missouri state court. Bayer faces Roundup cancer lawsuits by more than 13,400 plaintiffs across the United States.