Why Are People Filing Monsanto RoundUp Lawsuits?
The world’s most popular pesticide is Monsanto’s Roundup, which is used worldwide. Every year, over 300 million pounds of the chemical are sprayed to kill weeds on plants, farms, and fields. Unfortunately, individuals are developing serious health problems, including non-Hodgkin lymphoma, as a result of using Roundup.
The company has faced more than 48,600 product liability claims. These claims state that Monsanto was aware of the risks but chose not to disclose them to customers. Several of these cases have already been decided in favor of plaintiffs. To date, four separate claimants have received orders forcing Bayer to pay more than $2.369 billion in damages.
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WHAT IS ROUNDUP WEED KILLER?
Roundup is a broad-spectrum weed killer that has only gained in popularity since it was first launched in the 1970s. Most pesticides were selective at the time, and only targeted certain types of plants. Roundup, on the other hand, allowed farmers to kill almost anything in its path. Simultaneously, researchers discovered that glyphosate was more environmentally-friendly compared to other pesticides. Roundup provided farmers with a new, more efficient way to patrol their crops.
Monsanto found a way to make sure that Roundup would not kill the farmer’s cash crop. The company engineered genetically modified crops that could resist Roundup. In other words, crops grown from these GMO seeds would not be damaged by Roundup. So the farmers could apply Roundup liberally to their farms without having to worry.
WHY IS ROUNDUP WEED KILLER DANGEROUS?
Roundup is dangerous because it may cause cancer in humans. The active ingredient, glyphosate, was classified as “probably carcinogenic in humans” by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in 2015. Scientists for the IARC also believe that glyphosate is more dangerous when combined with other chemicals in Roundup.
Disputes Over Glyphosate Toxicity
The World Health Organization has said that glyphosate may cause cancer. The Environmental Protection Agency in the United States has been hesitant to say that glyphosate is linked to serious health risks. The EPA’s position on glyphosate has changed a few times since Roundup was first sold.
- In 1985, scientists found that rats who were exposed to glyphosate developed tumors. The EPA responded by labeling glyphosate as a possible carcinogen.
- In 1991, Monsanto lobbied the EPA to change its stance on glyphosate. The EPA changed its classification of glyphosate from a possible carcinogen to a non-carcinogenic substance.
Despite multiple studies linking glyphosate to cancer, the EPA has refused to consider the risks of the chemical. In 2013, the agency doubled the maximum glyphosate levels for food and crops. This decision has raised concerns among people. There is even evidence that officials within the agency have tried to slow down or prevent glyphosate safety reviews.
Some people have filed lawsuits against Monsanto because they say the company lied about its research. Others argue that Monsanto worked with the government to make it seem like the weed killer wasn’t dangerous.
GLYPHOSATE LINKED TO INCREASED RISK OF CANCER
A few studies that were done by researchers found that there is a link between glyphosate exposure and the risk of getting cancer.
- Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention. A Canadian study found a relationship between glyphosate exposure and cancer. The greater the exposure, the higher the risk of cancer.
- There have been some studies that have found an increased rate of cancer in farm workers who are exposed to glyphosate.
- According to a study from Sweden, glyphosate exposure increases the risk of developing cancer within 10 years by two times.
- A study done in America in 2014 found that glyphosate exposure is a major factor in the development of cancer.
Studies have shown that individuals who are exposed to Roundup are more likely to get cancer than those who are not.
WHAT IS NON-HODGKIN LYMPHOMA?
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) is a form of cancer that develops in the body’s lymphatic system’s white blood cells. The lymphatic system, which is part of the body’s immune system, helps to fight infection and disease.
Lymph tissue is located throughout the body, including the chest, abdomen, spleen, stomach, intestines, pelvis, bone marrow, tonsils, and thymus.
White blood cells in patients with non-Hodgkin lymphoma divide abnormally. This prevents the cells from fighting infection and keeping the body safe. As the cells divide, the patient’s white blood count increases significantly. The cells begin to accumulate in the lymph nodes or anywhere lymph tissue is located. This accumulation triggers and accelerates tumor
Cancerous cells can spread throughout the body in two ways: through the bloodstream or the lymph system. If cancerous cells spread to organs or tissue outside of the lymphatic system, the survival rates for non-Hodgkin lymphoma decline significantly.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF NON-HODGKIN LYMPHOMA?
Roundup has been linked to a slew of serious health problems, including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Lymphoma symptoms vary, but they are generally include:
- Weight loss
- Chest pain
- Enlarged lymph nodes
- Swollen abdomen
- Shortness of breath
- Frequent infections
- Changes in personality, and
- Feeling full after eating only a small amount of food.
Have you been exposed to Roundup herbicide and experienced any of the following symptoms? Immediately seek medical attention. Early treatment can help you achieve the greatest outlook and chance of survival.
HOW COULD I HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO ROUNDUP OR GLYPHOSATE?
Roundup is the world’s most widely used herbicide. It has a negative impact on the majority of our crops. In fact, researchers have discovered that glyphosate residue may be found in up to 60% of our food. Since it is so popular, you run the danger of coming into contact with it frequently.
We do not have solid data on the health effects of glyphosate, but studies suggest that it is harmful to human health. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has established a tolerance level for glyphosate of 0.1 milligrams per liter in drinking water; however, there may be significant variations between countries due to differences in water treatment methods and other factors
Signs of glyphosate exposure include:
- Increased saliva
- Skin irritation
- Note and throat irritation
- Loss of appetite
- Fatigue, and
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ROUNDUP INJURIES AND SIDE EFFECTS
Exposures to Roundup and its active component glyphosate are linked with an increased risk of certain serious health problems. Many research now indicate a link between glyphosate and specific forms of cancer, including:
- non-Hodgkin lymphoma
- B-cell lymphoma
- T-cell lymphoma, and
- NK-cell lymphoma.
The active ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate, has been linked to a variety of illnesses, including:
- Birth defects
- Autoimmune diseases
- Parkinson’s disease
- Heart disease
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Thyroid problems
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Liver disease
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS), and
- Reproductive issues.
The number of Roundup health studies has risen in recent years. Researchers are seeking for any link between glyphosate exposure and the development of severe disease.
Who Is At the Greatest Risk of Developing Health Issues?
Although most people will not become ill from exposure to the herbicide, there is some risk. Those who are considered high-risk include those who work with or near the pesticide, including:
- Nursery employees
- Farm workers, and
Do you live in a location that is frequently sprayed with Roundup pesticide? You’re also more likely to get chronic and severe health problems. Our Injury Lawyers can help you discuss your legal options.
COMPENSATION AVAILABLE IN A ROUNDUP LAWSUITS
Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with cancer or another serious illness as a result of Roundup exposure? You might be eligible for compensation. Our seasoned legal staff will fight for your rights aggressively, including funds for the following:
- Medical bills and expenses related to your Roundup injury
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Nursing care, and more.
You shouldn’t have to suffer the devastating impacts of a Roundup accident on your own. Our Injury Lawyers can assist you in obtaining the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Call us right now to begin working on your personal injury claim.
ROUNDUP LAWSUIT SETTLEMENT AMOUNTS
Roundup litigation is still relatively new. There have been no settlements or announcements yet. However, a federal judge has ordered Bayer to attempt mediation in its next case after three consecutive juries returned judgments against the corporation.
The next plaintiff, West Virginia farmer DeWayne Johnson, was recently granted class-action certification. In March 2018, Johnson filed a lawsuit against the maker of Roundup (Bayer), claiming that the company’s popular herbicide causes cancer in his body and that it failed to warn consumers about the risks associated with its use. Despite Bayer’s agreement to participate
There is no Roundup class action lawsuit. However, more than 650 lawsuits alleging that Roundup caused cancer have been consolidated into a multi-district litigation (MDL) in the Northern District of California. In 2018, a $289 million jury verdict was handed down in an MDL bellwether trial for a man who was diagnosed with cancer as a result of using Roundup.
WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT MONSANTO ROUNDUP LAWSUITS
More and more Roundup lawsuits are being filed in state and federal courts throughout the United States. Plaintiffs in these situations want to base their claims on evidence that was presented during the initial bellwether trial, which resulted in a $289 million verdict against Monsanto.
Internal Monsanto documents and communications, as well as court records, reveal that the corporation has known about glyphosate’s link to cancer for more than 30 years and has worked actively to conceal it from the public.
In summary, facts presented in Roundup lawsuits against Monsanto demonstrate that the company:
- Conspired with the EPA to manipulate glyphosate studies and research
- First learned about the link between glyphosate and cancer in 1981
- Issued payments to scientists working on glyphosate studies
- Purchased peer review to conceal, downplay, and undermine harmful studies, and
- Intentionally failed to perform adequate testing to assess the true dangers of glyphosate.
This means that Monsanto has been lying to the public for many years about its most popular and profitable pesticide. The company has spent more time trying to convince people that Roundup is safe than looking into any potential health issues. Jurors will have the opportunity to consider this evidence in lawsuits against Monsanto.
ARE ROUNDUP LAWSUITS FILED AGAINST MONSANTO OR BAYER?
Roundup was first designed and manufactured by Monsanto. In 2018, Monsanto was bought by Bayer. When Bayer acquired Monsanto, it also got the company’s legal disputes, including Roundup litigation.
HAVE THERE BEEN ANY ROUNDUP LAWSUIT SETTLEMENTS OR AWARDS?
Yes. Three Roundup injury cases have been resolved thus far. Both have resulted in a monetary compensation for the plaintiff.
$289 Million Verdict. Dewayne Johnson sued Monsanto, claiming that he got non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma as a result of glyphosate use at his job for decades. A San Francisco jury agreed that Mr. Johnson’s terminal disease was caused by his glyphosate exposure. The California man was given $289 million in damages, but the amount was later cut to $78 million.
$80 Million Verdict. Edwin Hardeman sued Monsanto, claiming that he got cancer as a result of spraying Roundup on his 56-acre farm for more than 20 years. A San Francisco jury agreed and gave him $80 million in compensation.
$2.55 Billion Verdict. After being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Alva and Alberta Pilliod sued Monsanto. The incidence of both of them receiving the diagnosis was 1 in 20,000. A California jury awarded the couple $55 million in compensatory damages, while each spouse received an additional $1 billion in punitive damages.
There are many other lawsuits pending against Roundup. After two losses in court, a judge has ordered Bayer to enter mediation. This is a process where the company will try to negotiate a settlement with all the people who have filed lawsuits.
IS THERE A ROUNDUP CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT?
No. There is no Roundup class action lawsuit. Many Roundup lawsuits have, however, been combined into multidistrict litigation (MDLs). More than 800 cases are currently pending in an MDL in California.
MDLs are cases with similar facts and arguments that are joined together and transferred to a single federal court. This process is done in order to limit costs, encourage similar results, and foster settlement discussions.
An MDL is different from a class action because each plaintiff can have their own case. This means that the result of one case doesn’t necessarily mean that the others will be the same. However, early results of bellwether trials often show how strong other lawsuits against Monsanto are.
HOW CAN I BE EXPOSED TO ROUNDUP?
Roundup is the most widely used weed killer in the world. It is difficult to avoid exposure to it, especially because it is becoming more common. Roundup can be contacted directly through the skin, inhaled, or ingested.
Glyphosate has been found in about 60% of our food supply and 75% of our air and water. Even crops that are not treated with Roundup have been contaminated.
WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS OF ROUNDUP EXPOSURE?
You may experience the following Roundup side effects if you’ve been exposed to it for a short time:
* Skin irritation
* Eye and nose irritation
* Sore or burning throat
* Increased saliva production
* Nausea and vomiting, and
It’s essential to avoid additional exposure and seek medical attention.
WHAT HEALTH ISSUES ARE ASSOCIATED WITH ROUNDUP WEED
Roundup and glyphosate have been linked to a slew of health problems, including cancer. Roundup has also been linked to an increased risk of developing the aforementioned conditions:
Type 2 Diabetes
Chronic Kidney Disease
Autoimmune disorders, including Celiac Disease
Chronic respiratory illnesses, and more.
Glyphosate disrupts your body’s ability to function properly when it’s absorbed. Monsanto knew this, but continued to pour billions into advertising its money-making pesticide. If you’ve developed any of these health issues after being exposed to Roundup, you may have a strong argument for compensation.
IS ROUNDUP MORE DANGEROUS THAN GLYPHOSATE?
Maybe. Scientists for the IARC and US National Toxicology Program believe that glyphosate may be more hazardous to human health when it is combined with other chemicals. Why? The other chemicals may increase the bioavailability of glyphosate. In other words, it becomes easier for glyphosate to get absorbed into the body. The more glyphosate the body absorbs, the more toxic the effects.
Glyphosate is dangerous on its own. It may be a greater threat to human health when it’s combined with other substances, like it is in Roundup.
DO I HAVE A ROUNDUP WEED KILLER LAWSUIT?
According to a growing number of studies, exposure to the herbicide glyphosate has been linked with a slew of health problems, including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. There is evidence to suggest that Monsanto was aware of these risks, yet failed to disclose information to and protect consumers. Internal communications even reveal that the firm attempted to bury unfavorable research
Monsanto is currently involved in more than 9,300 legal actions in state and federal courts throughout the United States. If you have any of the following rights, you may bring a lawsuit against Monsanto:
- Been exposed to Roundup weed killer and its active ingredient, glyphosate
- Developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma or other serious health issues.
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