Monsanto (Roundup)

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Photo by Cornelia Schütz on Unsplash

 
 

Thousands of lawsuits have been filed by cancer victims against Monsanto, the manufacturer of the herbicide Roundup.  Juries in three recent cases have reviewed the Roundup cancer evidence and found Monsanto liable – you may have a legal right to demand compensation from Monsanto to cover your medical bills and other losses related to the cancer diagnosis.

 

Langdon & Emison is investigating cases of non-Hodgkin lymphoma caused by exposure to Roundup, both commercial grade and domestic use.  Chemical manufacturers have a legal responsibility to produce products that are safe and to warn adequately of known hazards, and we have successfully litigated product defect cases in venues across the country since the firm was founded by Bob Langdon and Kent Emison more than 30 years ago.  We handle cases on a contingency fee basis, so our clients do not pay any upfront costs. Contact us via the live chat button on this web site, or by calling 800-397-4910 for a free consultation and Roundup lawsuit evaluation.

What Chemicals in Roundup May Cause Cancer?

Roundup is used by farmers, agricultural workers, nursery workers, landscapers, and homeowners. Its active ingredient is glyphosate. The herbicide works by blocking certain proteins that plants need to grow and is one of the most widely used weed killers in the United States.  Roundup is manufactured by the Monsanto Company, a maker of agricultural chemicals.  The German chemical company Bayer bought Monsanto in 2018.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a division of the World Health Organization, assessed the cancer risk of five pesticides and herbicides used in industrial farming in 2015.  The World Health Organization labeled glyphosate (Roundup) as a probable carcinogen, meaning the chemical probably causes cancer in humans.  The IARC report said glyphosate caused cancer in laboratory tests involving animals and that there was some evidence the chemical caused genetic damage in human cells, causing mutations that can develop into cancer.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in December 2017 issued a draft risk assessment of glyphosate and concluded that it is not likely to cause cancer in humans.  But glyphosate remains a focus of research in this area, as the scientific advisory panel was not unified in its opinion.  

Several researchers who served on the EPA scientific advisory panel that reviewed the safety of glyphosate recently issued a study suggesting that people who are exposed to large amounts of the chemical are at heightened risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.  The researchers said their review of data from multiple previous studies found “a compelling link” between exposure to weed killers containing glyphosate and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.  A group of independent scientists has urged the EPA to ban Roundup in the United States.

Who is the defendant in Roundup Lawsuits?

Thousands of people diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma (also known as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma) have filed lawsuits against Monsanto.  These suits allege that the manufacturer has known that glyphosate was hazardous to humans but failed to warn adequately of the health risks.  

In May 2019, a California jury ordered Monsanto to pay $2 billion to a couple who regularly used Roundup on their property and were both diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. A federal jury in March 2019 decided that Monsanto should pay more than an $80 million in damages to a California man who used Roundup to control weeds on his property for 26 years and was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2015. And, in 2018, another California jury found that Monsanto failed to warn a school groundskeeper of the risk posed by Roundup, resulting in a $289 million verdict later reduced to $80 million.

What are the symptoms of non-Hodgkin lymphoma?

The symptoms of non-Hodgkin lymphoma include:

  • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck, armpits or groin

  • Pain in the abdomen

  • Bowel obstruction

  • Chest pain and pressure

  • A feeling of fullness caused by an enlarged spleen

  • Fatigue

  • Fever

  • Unexplained weight loss


Many of the symptoms listed above may be associated with multiple health conditions besides cancer. For example, lymph nodes can swell in response to an infection or other causes.

If you have used Roundup on a regular basis and received a cancer diagnosis, you should contact an attorney who knows how to take on large corporations and how to hold them accountable for their products. Langdon & Emison is continuously recognized as a leading personal injury law firm on a national scale.  We have served as lead counsel in some of the nation’s most significant personal injury trials and have won trials at every level including the U.S. Supreme Court.  Contact us today for a free evaluation of your potential Roundup lawsuit..