Gardeners, farmers and others who have used Monsanto Roundup to kill weeds should be aware of a lawsuit claiming that Monsanto, a manufacturer of insecticides and herbicides, failed to warn users of Roundup of the increased chance they would develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma or other forms of cancer.
Roundup manufacturer Bayer-Monsanto is facing thousands of lawsuits accusing the company of making and selling a product that was marketed as safe and has now been linked to causing cancer. Users of Roundup, who have been diagnosed with cancer such as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, will be seeking a personal injury law firm for legal representation. Broughton Partners is a legal case generation firm that works closely with law firms to provide them will high-quality Roundup lawsuit leads and other product liability leads. Our leads are real cases with plaintiffs who are fully eligible for Monsanto Roundup lawsuits.
Monsanto Roundup Lawsuit Update – August 2019
Bayer-Monsanto has now lost three lawsuits in the state of California over its Roundup weed killer products. The next round of Roundup lawsuits are scheduled to be held in St. Louis, Missouri, the location of Bayer-Monsanto’s headquarters. There are currently 7 upcoming trials between August 2019 and February 2020. The next case will proceed on August 19th of this year and involves plaintiff Sharlean Gordon, who was diagnosed with cancer in her 50s and claims Roundup was the cause.
May 2019 – A couple who were both landscapers and used Roundup for residential landscaping were awarded $2 billion after they claimed Roundup was the cause of their non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The couple have used Roundup for many years since the 1970s and have only stopped a few years ago. Bayer-Monsanto will likely appeal the verdict.
March 2019 – Edwin Hardeman was awarded $80 million in damages by a jury after he claimed Roundup was the cause of his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Monsanto has filed a notice in federal court that they plan to appeal the verdict and order a new trial.
August 2018 – A state court jury in California awarded DeWayne Johnson $288 million in compensatory and punitive damages after he claimed Roundup was the cause of his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The amount was later reduced to $78 million.
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Monsanto Roundup Lawsuit
The Roundup lawsuit asserts that Monsanto has known for more than 30 years that the use of Roundup can cause cancer. However, the company decided not to inform the public and continued to claim that the product was safe and non-toxic to humans, pets, and other animals.
Records used to prosecute the Monsanto class action lawsuit show that the company created fake data and attacked legitimate studies that warned of the dangers of the product. The Roundup lawsuit also claims that the company promoted a campaign with the purpose of misleading government agencies, farmers, and individuals who used the product to ensure that it was safe.
The Monsanto class action suit is a litigation in which a few individuals battle for the interests of many individuals who may not have a lawyer and who are not named in the suit. The decision of the court affects all persons who are considered a part of the class action.
What is Roundup?
Marketed since 1974, Roundup is a herbicide that includes glyphosate, which Monsanto determined could be used in its herbicides in 1970.
Since 1970s, the frequency of use of glyphosate-based herbicides has jumped 10,000 percent. Moreover, each year farmers, commercial nurseries, gardeners and groundskeepers of parks and golf courses have used about 250 million pounds of glyphosate.
Scientific studies in which normal human lymphocytes are exposed to Roundup in a test tube have shown damage to DNA as early as 1998. Dr. Fernando Manas, a biologist at the National University of Rio Cuarto in Argentina, discovered evidence of DNA damage after studying people who were employed in the soy industry and who were exposed to pesticides that used glyphosate. A study performed by the Pontifical Catholic University in Quito, Ecuador, by residents of northern Ecuador exposed to Roundup was found to have developed various health issues including abdominal pain, vomiting, fever, heart palpitations, blurred vision, insomnia, numbness and headaches as well as DNA damage.
The National Scientific Research Center and the University of Pierre and Marie Curie in France discovered in a study performed in 2004 that Roundup caused changes in the cell division of sea urchin embryos and the scientists found a direct link to the errors and the development of cancer due to the cumulative amounts of Roundup.
Moreover, the International Agency for Research on Cancer reported in March 2015 that exposure to Roundup can cause cancer. The report was based on studies that were performed since 2001 on the effects of glyphosate on agricultural workers. The study discovered that the rate of workers with non-Hodgkin lymphoma was higher in those exposed to Roundup than those who did not.
IARC Classifies Roundup as Potentially Carcinogenic
There have always been some concerns over the safety of Roundup. Some evidence suggests that workers who are exposed to high levels of pesticides may be at a higher risk of cancer.
Other studies offered more specific findings. For example, one of the earliest studies in 2001 found that men exposed to higher levels of glyphosate had a higher risk of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL). Another study in 2009 drew similar conclusions after looking at thousands of men in the United States who were exposed to pesticides.
But the most controversial decision to raise concerns about the safety of the herbicide came in March 2015 when the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) reclassified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic in humans.” The IARC, which is the cancer research arm of the specialized agency for the United Nations, looked at epidemiological studies and animal studies to conclude how the herbicide could affect humans.
The classification of the IARC as “probably carcinogenic” emboldened those who were diagnosed with cancers like NHL to sue Monsanto for negligence and a failure to warn consumers about cancer risks.
In one case, Christine Sheppard was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and had to undergo grueling chemotherapy that has left her in pain ever since.8 She never knew what caused her cancer until she noticed the IARC classification one day. Sheppard had sprayed her coffee farm in Hawaii with Roundup for five years.
Thousands of people have come forward to tell their stories and take on the multibillion-dollar corporation.
What Kind Of Cancer Does Roundup Cause?
Cancers developed due to exposure to glyphosate as far as the Monsanto class action lawsuit is concerned include non-Hodgkin lymphoma, leukemia, B-cell lymphoma and multiple myeloma. Studies show that as many as 70,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma each year. Symptoms of the disease include fever, night sweats, swollen lymph nodes, stomach and chest pain and loss of appetite. B-cell lymphoma is the most common form of the disease and accounts for up to 90 percent of all cases.
Other types of cancer that Roundup has been linked to include (but are not limited to):
Chemotherapy, stem cell transplants, biological therapy, and radiation are the most common treatments for non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
In addition to causing cancer, glyphosate has also been known to cause other health problems including:
- Kidney Disease
- Liver Damage
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) (also known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”)
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Male Sterility
- Respiratory Disorders
More than 1,100 Roundup lawsuits have been filed across the United States on behalf of victims of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Roundup Lawsuits 2017
Roundup lawsuits have been filed across the United States claiming that Monsanto has known about the link between cancer and glyphosate for more than 30 years. Despite this, the company has not warned the public to continue to market its product as being as safe as table salt and non-toxic to humans, pets, birds, and fish.
During much of the litigation so far, Monsanto’s internal company documents have been introduced that show the company has been creating fake data and has attacked legitimate studies that have exposed the dangers of Roundup weed killers. The company has even initiated disinformation campaigns to persuade government agencies as well as people who have used products including farmers and the general population that the herbicide is safe. There is even an occasion in which Monsanto colluded with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to rebut evidence that shows the connection between Roundup and cancer.
Interest in personal injury lawsuits concerning the effects of Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide and its link to Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, B-cell Lymphoma, Leukemia, and Multiple Myeloma cancers have increased since the beginning of 2017.
In January, a California judge ruled that the state could require Roundup to carry a warning label that the weed killer may cause cancer. The action was taken despite Monsanto’s attempts to appeal the decision. The company continues to assert that glyphosate, the main ingredient of the herbicide, is safe and is not a threat to the health of humans.
History of the Monsanto Roundup Lawsuits
Founded in 1901, Monsanto is a multinational agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology company headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri that manufactures glyphosate-based herbicides including Roundup weed killer.
In 1970, Monsanto discovered that glyphosate can be used as a major ingredient of its herbicides and it began to make products and market them in 1974. Since its introduction, glyphosate-based herbicides have jumped 10,000-percent in use. Moreover, each year about 250 million pounds of glyphosate are applied to crops, commercial nurseries, lawns, driveways, sidewalks, parks and golf courses. Much of the increase in use of glyphosate has been blamed on Monsanto’s expansion in the sale of Monsanto’s genetically modified crops that have been sold as “Roundup Ready” seeds. Monsanto has designed these seeds to produce crops that resist the killing power of glyphosate.
A variety of people including farm workers, gardeners, professional landscapers, and employees of garden centers, and nurseries have been exposed to the herbicide while breathing in the spray or vapors of the substance, cleaning up gardens, or through drinking water or eating food contaminated with it.
About 70,000 people are diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma each year. Symptoms of the disease include fever, night sweats, swollen lymph nodes, stomach pain, chest pain, and loss of appetite. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma comes in three forms -– B-cell lymphoma, T-cell, and NK-cell. B-cell accounts for 90 percent of all cases; T-cell is blamed for about 10 percent of cases, and NK-cell is responsible for less than 1 percent of cases.
Chemotherapy, stem cell transplants, biological therapy and radiation are treatments used to combat the disease.
Who is at Risk of Cancer From Roundup?
The most severe side effect from exposure to Roundup’s main ingredient, glyphosate, is the development of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, leukemia, or B-cell lymphoma. There are specific individuals within the agricultural industry who are at higher risk of exposure and cancer. These individuals are exposed to glyphosate by breathing it in when using the product, mixing, cleaning, or through food and water that become contaminated with Roundup.
Those at risk of cancer from Roundup include:
- Farm Workers
- Nursery Employees
- Garden Center Employees
Types of severe side effects for these individuals include:
- Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
- B-cell lymphoma
Monsanto Roundup Lawsuit Settlement Amounts
August 2018 – A state court jury in California awarded DeWayne Johnson $288 million in compensatory and punitive damages after he claimed Roundup was the cause of his non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The amount was later reduced to $78 million.
March 2019 – Edwin Hardeman was awarded $80 million in damages by a jury after he claimed Roundup was the cause of his non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
May 2019 – A couple who were both landscapers and used Roundup for residential landscaping were awarded $2 billion after they claimed Roundup was the cause of their non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
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Roundup case leads are hard to come by, and signed cases are even more difficult to find. This is where Broughton Partners comes in. Your law firm can save valuable time by letting our team use our marketing and legal expertise to communicate with potential Roundup plaintiffs. We perform the tedious work of vetting and examining Roundup lawsuit leads so that when we deliver your qualified cases you can begin working with the plaintiffs right away.
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Broughton Partners finds victims injured by Roundup and those who are actively seeking legal representation. We closely partner with your law firm to provide you with retained plaintiffs who are vetted and prequalified, and follow your Roundup injury case criteria. You only receive retained cases that match your needs so you can effectively focus on your current clients’ legal needs and leave case acquisition marketing to us.
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