Roundup is one of the most widely used, popular weed killers in the world. Multiple scientific studies have now concluded that exposure to the product can cause non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL), a deadly cancer. Yet, the manufacturers of Roundup, Monsanto and Bayer, failed to warn about this risk and still deny any responsibility. Recently, juries have begun to hold them accountable.
Case Quick Facts
On February 2, 2019, a study was released titled “Exposure to Glyphosate-Based Herbicides and Risk for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma: A Meta-Analysis and Supporting Evidence.” Researchers reviewed six studies involving nearly 65,000 participants. They found that the ingredients in Roundup, namely glyphosate (however, they noted other ingredients in Roundup may also be involved) are associated with increased risk for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in human beings. The researchers further found that the latency period, or the time from which one is exposed to Roundup to diagnosis, may be as short as two years or less.
These conclusions are particularly concerning given that glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in the world. This ingredient is used not only by farmers, but homeowners, gardeners, and landscapers. It is found under our kitchen sinks, in our cabinets, and on shelves in our garages. This household product is now linked to a deadly disease.
Yet, the manufacturers of Roundup, Monsanto and Bayer, failed to warn users of this dangerous risk of NHL in spite of being alerted to the concern for decades. Unknowing users spray glyphosate on their lawns and plants without wearing any protection, without gloves, long pants and sleeves, or masks and without any knowledge of the dangers to which they are being exposed.
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) occurs when certain human cells begun to multiply out of control. The cancer begins in the white blood cells, which make up a part of the immune system. NHL can be placed into two groups, indolent and aggressive. An indolent form grows and spreads slowly and may not require treatment immediately. The aggressive lymphoma does grow and spread quickly and needs to be treated immediately. The most aggressive form is B cell lymphoma.
Unfortunately, NHL can cause death, most typically by way of infection.
Symptoms of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma include:
- Painless, swollen lymph nodes in your neck, armpits, or groin;
- Abdominal pain or selling;
- Chest pain, coughing or trouble breathing;
- Persistent fatigue;
- Night sweats;
- Unexplained weight loss
While treatment of NHL is not always necessary, advanced and aggressive stages of the disease need to be addressed. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy are two primary forms of treatment. Bone marrow transplants and other drug therapies are also options.
GoldenbergLaw Can Help
There are thousands of lawsuits currently filed against the makers of Roundup for the injury of NHL. There is an ongoing multidistrict litigation located in the Northern District of California, In re: Roundup Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2741). There are also ongoing state court actions against Monsanto and Bayer for injuries caused by Roundup. Contact the Roundup Lawyers at GoldenbergLaw today for a free consultation!
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Roundup Litigation Summary
There have been two jury trials regarding the allegation that Roundup causes non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. In August 2018, a jury in San Francisco state court determined that a local groundskeeper, DeWayne Lee Johnson, sustained NHL from his use and exposure to Roundup. Court documents reflect that Mr. Johnson, only 46 years-old, sprayed Roundup up to 30 times per day in four years of grounds keeping. The jury awarded Mr. Johnson $289.2 million, but this verdict was later reduced to $78.5 million.
Additionally, in March 2019, another jury determined that Roundup substantially caused another person’s cancer, Edwin Hardeman. Mr. Hardeman, 70 years old, developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after regular use of Roundup. The San Francisco federal court jury awarded him $80 million.
The evidence submitted in these trials includes several email exchanges between Monsanto employees going back to the 1990s that review scientific studies addressing concerns pertaining to glyphosate and its potential to cause cancer. In response to the information obtained by Monsanto pertaining to the risks associated with glyphosate, plaintiff’s attorneys allege Monsanto did not take steps to protect consumers, but rather took steps to protect its product.
The attorneys pointed to evidence that Monsanto hired scientific experts and others to combat conclusions that glyphosate caused cancer. Internal emails reveal it wanted to find someone to support its product makeup in the face of the scientific studies linking its key ingredient, glyphosate, to causing cancer. For example, the company ultimately hired a Belgian toxicology expert to advise the EU to provide a “toxicology defense of Monsanto products in the EU.” Monsanto employees generated strategies to avoid a carcinogenic classification of glyphosate by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.
Roundup is still being sold today. Monsanto and Bayer continue to defend its product and deny it causes cancer.
Roundup Lawsuit FAQs
Is Roundup Dangerous To Humans?
Roundup, the world’s most popular weed killer, has recently been scrutinized for its alleged role in causing cancer in its users. The active, allegedly cancer-causing ingredient in Roundup is called glyphosate. While the primary role of glyphosate is to kill plants, a 2015 study by the International Agency for Research on Cancer determined that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic to humans.”
What Injuries Can Roundup Cause?
A 2019 study found that exposure to Roundup can be linked to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a cancer that begins in the body’s white blood cells and, like other cancers, can spread throughout the rest of the body. Further, the study found that exposure to Roundup can increase cancer risks by 41%.
Am I At Risk After Using Roundup?
Individuals who have repeatedly been exposed to Roundup could be at risk of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. This groups includes gardeners, landscapers, farmers, groundskeepers, and homeowners who spray Roundup to kill weeds. Typically, more consistent and high-volume exposure to Roundup is linked to a greater risk of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Who Is Being Sued In The Roundup Cases?
Monsanto began developing and distributing Roundup for home and commercial weed control in the 1970s. Since then, it has become one of the most popular weed killers used in the United States. Monsanto was recently acquired by German pharmaceutical giant Bayer AG. In 2018, the first case was brought to court against Monsanto and Bayer AG for Roundup’s role in causing a California groundskeeper to develop non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
What Did Monsanto Do Wrong?
In the three Roundup cases that have gone to trial, Monsanto and Bayer AG have been accused of failing to warn consumers about the dangers of using Roundup and manipulating scientific research on glyphosate. Three juries have now ruled in favor of plaintiffs who argued that Monsanto has routinely ignored its duty to warn consumers of the potential risks of using Roundup and even attempted to discourage studies on the carcinogenic nature of glyphosate.
What Is Happening In The Roundup Litigation?
There have been three landmark victories in the three Roundup cases tried against Monsanto and Bayer AG. In August 2018, a California groundskeeper who developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after extensive Roundup use was awarded $289 million for his injuries. A judge later reduced his award to $78 million. In March 2019, a California jury awarded $80 million to a 70 year-old man who developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after years of Roundup use. This award was later reduced to $25.27 million. Then, in May 2019, a couple in California was awarded $2.055 billion dollars, $2 billion of which were punitive damages, after they developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after Roundup use. A judge later reduced the couple’s award to $87 million.
What Compensation Am I Entitled To In A Roundup Lawsuit?
If you have been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after using Roundup, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact GoldenbergLaw for a free consultation and to learn more about the Roundup litigation.
What Is Glyphosate?
Glyphosate is the active ingredient used in Roundup. Glyphosate is used to restrict plant growth by preventing internal protein growth in broadleaf plants – effectively killing the plant. However, the salt form of glyphosate can also be used to help ripen certain crops.
Is Glyphosate A Carcinogen?
While glyphosate has always been known as a lethal herbicide that can kill plants, recent discoveries have shown that glyphosate can cause harm to humans too. A 2015 study by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a division of the World Health Organization (WHO), determined that glyphosate was potentially carcinogenic to humans.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer due to a defective product, please reach out to GoldenbergLaw’s Minnesota Cancer Attorneys. The Roundup Lawyers at GoldenbergLaw will guide you through this process, fighting to get you the compensation needed to help get your life back on track. GoldenbergLaw delivers the gold standard advocacy you deserve.