Glyphosate, the active ingredient in the widely used herbicide known as Roundup has been linked to cancer. If you have used Roundup at home or on the job and a doctor recently diagnosed you with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma or one of its subtypes, contact our New York City roundup cancer attorneys for a free case review. Product liability laws may entitle you or your family to financial compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages. Roundup’s manufacturer, Monsanto (now owned by Bayer), may be liable for your economic and noneconomic losses.
Roundup is one of the most widely used herbicide weed killer. Millions of people in over 160 countries use it in both commercial and residential applications. Monsanto (recently acquired by Bayer) – the product’s manufacturer created more than 1.4 billion pounds of Roundup. Over the last several years, however, consumers have filed thousands of lawsuits against Monsanto alleging that exposure to Roundup caused their cancer.
There are more than 10,000 lawsuits pending against Monsanto for defective and dangerous Roundup products. Lawsuits allege that Roundup contains a harmful chemical, glyphosate, that may cause cancer in humans. Thousands of victims believe inhaling Roundup on the job or spilling it on the flesh accidentally over time led to the development of serious types of cancer. Moreover, Roundup has been routinely touted and marketed by Monsanto as being safe for human exposure. Therefore, many people who were regularly exposed did not adequately protect themselves from contact with the herbicide, exacerbating their cancer risk.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an intergovernmental agency of the World Health Organization (WHO), issued a health assessment and classified glyphosate as a Group 2A agent (probably carcinogenic to humans). Rather than a Group 1 (carcinogenic to humans), this classification comes based on a limited amount of cancer inducing evidence in humans, however there is a sufficient amount of evidence of cancer being caused in experimental animals. IARC Monograph 112 also reported the conclusion of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma being the type of cancer most often associated with exposure to glyphosate.
Although glyphosate and Roundup are not one in the same, Glyphosate is the active ingredient in the weedkiller. In addition to the active ingredient, Roundup is formulated with water and surfactants. A surfactant is a substance that is meant to reduce surface tension between two liquids, allowing the chemical to absorb into the targeted weeds or plants rather than rolling off. In a similar fashion, when a person comes into contact with Roundup, surfactants allow more time for cells to absorb glyphosate. Consequently, Roundup is considered even more dangerous than glyphosate alone.
Monsanto continues to dispute IARC’s findings and Roundup remains on the market.
Contact a product liability attorney as soon as possible if you have been exposed to Roundup and have been diagnosed with NHL. A New York City roundup cancer attorney will review your case and look at documentation such as your medical records. If the attorney believes you have a case, he or she can help you file your claim within New York’s three-year statute of limitations. Initiating the claims process right away can ensure you do not miss any important deadlines.
To date, three Roundup cases have gone to jury verdict and all three juries found resoundingly in favor of the injured parties.
August 2018 — $289 Million Verdict: Dewayne “Lee” Johnson v. Monsanto Company (later reduced to $78.5M)
A jury awarded a 42-year-old Northern Californian groundskeeper, Dewayne “Lee” Johnson $289 million in the first Roundup injury lawsuit to reach a verdict. This came after it was argued that Johnson had developed NHL due to the use of Roundup while on the job. In October of the same year, Johnson accepted the court’s judgment to reduce damages to $78.5 million. However, Monsanto is appealing the decision.
March 2019 — $80 Million Verdict: Edwin Hardeman v. Monsanto Company (later reduced to $25 million)
Roundup was found to be a “substantial factor” in Edwin Hardeman’s diagnosis of NHL in the first federal Roundup cancer lawsuit taken to trial against Monsanto. For decades, 70 -year-old Hardeman had been using Roundup on his property. On July 15, 2019 a federal judge reduced the award to $25 million.
Although this case is the second Roundup case to go to trial, it is the first case or bellwether case, of the more than 1,000 other lawsuits pending in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco. The pending cases have been combined as multidistrict litigation (MDL), which is a federal procedure designed to efficiently resolve litigation of complex product liability cases, involving hundreds or thousands of plaintiffs in different districts.
May 2019 — Over $2 Billion Verdict: Pilliod v. Monsanto Company
A third consecutive California jury verdict ordered Monsanto to pay the plaintiffs Alva, 77, and Alberta, 75, Pilliod $2 billion in punitive damages and another $55 million in compensatory damages. The couple used Roundup for more than 30 years before they both developed NHL. A final ruling on a verdict reduction has not yet been given, but it will most likely reduce the settlement amount to a figure between $20 million and $100 million.
A new and noteworthy plaintiff in the midst of ongoing litigation against Monsanto, is a 12-year-old boy named Jake Bellah. Bellah’s attorneys are arguing that the boy’s NHL diagnosis is a result of repeated exposure to roundup while playing in his yard and garden where the chemical was sprayed. A ruling on the plaintiff’s request for a speedy trial is expected at the end of July.
At Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo, PC, we offer free initial consultations to potential clients. That way, you can speak to a real attorney about the dangers of Roundup and get personalized answers to your questions. Our consultations are always confidential, and come at no obligation to retain our firm. If we do accept your case, you will not pay anything until and unless we secure you financial compensation. Discuss your case for free today at (212) 732-9000, or contact us online.