Companies like Monsanto can seem unstoppable, but when their products are found to cause cancer in human beings, our attorneys help hold them responsible.
Roundup Weed Killer and Cancer
In 2015, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) found that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup weed killer, is “probably carcinogenic to humans.”
A study by ScienceDirect shows that exposure to glyphosate can increase the risk of cancer by 41%.
The History of the Chemical
Roundup was invented by a scientist at Monsanto in 1973. The product’s main component, glyphosate, was able to kill weeds by preventing them from producing an enzyme crucial to their survival. Due to its effectiveness and ability to eliminate weeds without tilling soil, Roundup rapidly gained popularity. In 1994, Farm Chemicals Magazine recognized it as one of the Top Ten Products that Changed the Face of Agriculture, and in 2007, the founder of glyphosate was inducted into the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame.
Now, Roundup is considered the best-selling herbicide of all time. It is sold in 160 countries around the world and the United States uses over 300,000,000 pounds of Roundup every year.
In September of 2016, Bayer purchased Monsanto for $66 billion and took over the sale of Roundup. In 2018, the German company earned $45 billion.
The Case Against Roundup
As early as 1985, scientific studies began to find problems with glyphosate. Since then, universities, federal agencies, and research organizations have conducted investigations. Studies tend to confirm the chemical’s toxicity.
The first study, which took place in 1985, found that glyphosate could cause cancer in mice. As a result of this study, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classified glyphosate as a Group C chemical and acknowledged that it could be potentially carcinogenic to humans.
In July of 2015, the IARC evaluated several herbicides, including glyphosate, which they found to be probably carcinogenic to humans. The IARC also released data and studies linking occupational use of Roundup to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
In 2017, an Australian university study found that glyphosate affected progesterone cells in women and identified the chemical as an endocrine disruptor that can harm humans as well as plants.
February of 2019 was marked by a publication by 4 scientists that explicitly linked glyphosate-based herbicides to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
In April of 2019, the U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry published glyphosate’s toxicology profile. The profile found an increased risk for exposure-based cancer.
Successful Lawsuits Against Bayer/Monsanto
In three successful cases, juries awarded over $3 billion in damages to plaintiffs diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma as a result of extensive exposure to Roundup.
Case #1 was won by a groundskeeper in the San Francisco Bay Area. The man was awarded $78 million after his cancer was linked to Roundup and Monsanto’s fraudulent behavior.
Case #2 saw its plaintiff become the first person to prove in US federal court that Roundup had caused his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He became “the face of the fight” and was awarded $80.2 million.
Case #3 found Monsanto liable for a couple’s diagnoses with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after they both used Roundup for 30 years. The company was forced to pay $55 million in compensatory damages and $2 billion in punitive damages to the couple, marking the first major victory in California.
Thousands of Lawsuits Postponed
Every day, lawsuits against Bayer/Monsanto continue to emerge. Unfortunately, many of these suits are delayed due to the limited capabilities of local courts. As a result, many victims are pursing justice with mass torts.
Attorneys are instrumental in organizing these collective lawsuits.
Are You a Victim of Roundup?
Those affected by non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma are diverse, and so are the cases against Monsanto/Bayer. Children as young as 12-years-old, adults in their 70s, and every demographic in between have been affected by use on the job or in their home and garden.
Each year, over 70,000 people are diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and as the most widely used herbicide in the US and worldwide, Roundup may be responsible for many of these cases.
If you’ve been affected by this disease after using Roundup, don’t be afraid to hold Bayer/Monsanto responsible.
Let Us Help
Fortunately, consumer protection laws are on your side, not Bayer/Monsanto’s.
At Monge & Associates, we understand how to navigate these laws to hold Bayer/Monsanto responsible for their deceptive marketing and deadly omissions.
A diagnosis with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma can change your life, but you don’t need to go through it alone.
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