Popular Weed-Killer Has Been Linked to Certain Types of Cancer
Monsanto’s Roundup Weed and Grass Killer is the most commonly used herbicide in the world, used extensively both in agricultural industries and for personal lawn and garden care. Recently, there have been increased concerns about its key ingredient, glyphosate, and the development of deadly cancers. Monsanto, a subsidiary of Bayer, has been the subject of numerous lawsuits from Roundup users who have been diagnosed with cancer. If you or a loved one has received a cancer diagnosis after using Roundup, call the products liability lawyers at McCann & Wall to review your legal options.
Roundup is used routinely by workers in many industries, including farming, gardening, and landscaping. It is effective in inhibiting the growth of weeds that would interfere with crops and flowers. Since it hit the market in 1974, it has become widely used all over the world and now brings in billions in revenue for Monsanto each year. Monsanto has even released a line of seeds designed to be resistant to Roundup, increasing its Roundup-related revenue.
Glyphosate Linked to Cancer
Many workers use Roundup on a daily basis, and there have been reports of people with prolonged exposure developing lymphatic cancers for decades. Monsanto has routinely denied these reports, claiming that Roundup is safe to use even as more and more claims have been filed. Traces of glyphosate have even shown up in numerous food products whose origins include farms that use Roundup, causing other companies such as Quaker Oats to face backlash as well.
While the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not include glyphosate on its list of carcinogens, a 2015 study by the World Health Organization (WHO) reveals a link to multiple types of cancer. The WHO conducted a thorough review of existing research into glyphosate’s cancer-causing potential; based on these findings, they classified glyphosate as a probable carcinogen. Additionally, recent lawsuits have included internal documents showing Monsanto may have influenced the EPA’s statements declaring that glyphosate was safe when used as directed. Other countries have taken a much stronger stance on glyphosate, including France and the Netherlands, which have banned the product.
Lawsuits Against Monsanto
There are currently 8,000 lawsuits against Monsanto in state and federal courts. The first case to go to trial in 2018 involved a groundskeeper who was accidentally soaked in the herbicide on two separate occasions and was later diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. He was awarded $289.5 million after a jury concluded that his disease was caused by his exposure to Roundup. The most recent lawsuit, filed by two California farmers who both contracted non-Hodgkin lymphoma, returned an award of $2.055 billion, including $55 million in compensatory damages and a staggering $2 billion in punitive damages against Monsanto.
The products liability lawsuits against Monsanto allege that:
- Glyphosate is a carcinogen
- Monsanto knew that their product could cause cancer
- Monsanto failed to warn consumers about the potential risks of using Roundup
- Monsanto intentionally misled consumers and government agencies about the dangers of glyphosate
Class Action Lawsuits
Some of the cases pending against Monsanto are class action lawsuits, in which groups of workers who have had a similar experience have come together to pursue legal action. Class action lawsuits are an effective way for individuals who may not have the resources to take on a major corporation on their own to get justice for their suffering.
In a class action suit, one plaintiff is selected to argue their case on behalf of the larger group; in order to be eligible to join a class, an individual’s circumstances must have similar characteristics to that of the lead plaintiff. Lawsuits involving Monsanto include plaintiffs who developed lymphatic cancer after using the product for years, not knowing they were putting themselves at risk.
Philadelphia Products Liability Lawyers at McCann & Wall, LLC Provide Comprehensive Representation in Roundup Lawsuits
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer after interacting with Roundup, call the products liability lawyers at McCann & Wall, LLC. We will thoroughly review the facts of your case and pursue an aggressive legal strategy to get you the compensation to which you are entitled. We have the knowledge and resources to successfully represent clients in high stakes cases, including years of litigation and class action lawsuit experience.
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