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Roundup® Lawsuits

More than 11,000 lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturer of the popular herbicide Roundup®. Plaintiffs claim the product caused them to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The lawsuits also allege the company failed to warn consumers about the risks and manipulated research records. So far, two plaintiffs have been awarded settlements of approximately $80 million each. The lawsuits were filed against Bayer AG, the German company that recently acquired Roundup®’s original developer and manufacturer, Monsanto.

If you or a family member was exposed to Roundup® and has since developed cancer, especially non-Hodgkin lymphoma, you may be eligible to receive compensation. Because timing in these cases is critical, contact us immediately for a free consultation.

What is Roundup®?

Monsanto developed and began marketing the weed killer Roundup® in the mid-1970’s. It was the first product of its kind to include glyphosate, a broad-spectrum herbicide that obstructsthe aromatic production chain path of plants. Because vegetation, including weeds, cannot survive if this process is blocked, Roundup® is highly effective. In addition to glyphosate, Roundup® also contains allegedly “inactive” ingredients such as surfactants and adjuvants.

In addition, Monsanto developed a line of genetically modified seeds that produce glyphosate-resistant plants, called Roundup Ready® crops.

How is Roundup® Linked to Cancer?

Certain kinds of cancer, particularly non-Hodgkin lymphoma and its subtypes, have been linked to Roundup’s primary active ingredient, glyphosate. In 2015, this chemical was classified as a Group 2A herbicide and deemed “probably carcinogenic to humans” by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an autonomous research agency of the World Health Organization (WHO).The organization based its findings on studies of glyphosate exposure in several countries around the world.

Additionally, a new study by researchers at the University of Washington’s Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences found exposure to glyphosate may increase the risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma by as much as 41%.The results were based on a comprehensive analysis of epidemiologic studies published between 2001 and 2018. The data included research on humans and laboratory animals.

What is non-Hodgkin Lymphoma?

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a type of cancer also known as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, NHL or lymphoma. It affects the white blood cells, or lymphocytes, which are part of the body’s immune system.

NHL usually starts in the lymph nodes or other lymph tissue, although it sometimes involves the skin. Lymphomas can start in any location where lymph tissue is found. Major sites include lymph nodes, spleen, bone marrow, thymus, tonsils and adenoids and the digestive tract, including the stomach and intestines.

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma can affect B-cells or T-cells, although B-cell lymphomas are more common.

Here is a list of the major categories and subtypes of non-Hodgkin lymphoma:

  • B-cell lymphomas (about 85% of all NHL in the U.S.)
    • Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) (about 33% of all NHL in the U.S.)
      • Primary mediastinal B-cell lymphoma
    • Follicular lymphoma (about 20% of all lymphomas in the U.S.)
    • Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)/small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL)
    • Burkitt lymphoma
    • Hairy cell leukemia (HCL)
    • Lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma (Waldenstrommacroglobulinemia)
    • Mantle cell lymphoma (about 5% of lymphomas)
    • Marginal zone B-cell lymphomas (about 5–10% of all lymphomas)
      • Extranodal marginal zone B-cell lymphoma, also known as mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) lymphoma
      • Nodal marginal zone B-cell lymphoma
      • Splenic marginal zone B-cell lymphoma
    • Primary intraocular lymphoma (lymphoma of the eye)
    • Primary central nervous system (CNS) lymphoma
  • T-cell lymphomas (about 15% of NHLs in the U.S.)
    • Peripheral T-cell lymphomas (PTCL)

Who is at Risk?

The Roundup® product line includes a variety of formulas for residential and commercial use.Originally, Roundup® was used mainly on corn, soy and cotton crops that were genetically modified to withstand the chemical. However, in the past several years, the use of the product has extended to a wide variety of crops. These include almonds, peaches, cantaloupe, onions, cherries, sweet corn and citrus fruits. Other uses include golf courses, commercial plant nurseries, forests and public parks.

Here is a partial list of those who may be at risk from exposure to Roundup®:

  • Farmers and other agricultural workers
  • Golf course employees or frequent golfers
  • Commercial plant nursery employees
  • Forestry workers
  • State and county road maintenance crews
  • Parks and recreation employees
  • Landscapers
  • Homeowners

Date and Duration of Exposure

The date of exposure could range from the mid-1970s, when Roundup® first became available,to recent years or months. The time it takes a person to become ill after being exposed to Roundup® is not known with specificity. In addition, the amount of exposure necessary to cause cancer has not been fully determined. Some of the research indicates a person could develop cancer after being exposed for just eight hours, even if the exposure is not continuous and occurs over multiple years.

It is important to contact us as soon as possible if you or a loved one developed cancer after exposure to Roundup®.

Lawsuits

The above-mentioned lawsuitsclaimed Monsanto deliberately failed to warn consumers of the cancer risks associated with Roundup®. The plaintiffs’ attorneys also presented evidence supporting claims that Monsanto influenced the outside studies of Roundup’s active ingredient, glyphosate, thereby tainting the safety research. Evidence included emails from outside researchers asking Monsanto’s scientists to review drafts of their findings. Other court documents showed replies from Monsanto employees recommending changes to the reports.

How long do I have to File a Claim?

These types of claims typically involve a statute of limitations, which is the time you have to file a lawsuit against the party responsible for your illness or injury. Because it may be difficult to determine when your exposure and subsequent illness began, it is important to contact us as soon as possible.

Is Glyphosate Found in other Products?

After Monsanto’s patent for glyphosate expired in 2000, other companies began manufacturing and selling their own glyphosate-based products. As a result, exposure to the chemical increased exponentially throughout the world. Glyphosate is now the world’s most widely used weed killing chemical.

Disclaimer: Roundup® is a registered trademark of its owner. The owner of this brand does not sponsor and is not affiliated with The Sam Bernstein Law Firm, PLLC.

Sources:

https://www.npr.org/2019/03/27/707439575/jury-awards-80-million-in-damages-in-roundup-weed-killer-cancer-trial
https://www.wsj.com/articles/roundup-the-weedkiller-that-changed-farming-faces-a-reckoning-11554735900?mod=searchresults&page=1&pos=2
https://www.cancer.org/content/cancer/en/cancer/non-hodgkin-lymphoma/about/what-is-non-hodgkin-lymphoma.html
http://www.washington.edu/news/2019/02/13/uw-study-exposure-to-chemical-in-roundup-increases-risk-for-cancer/

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