As of March 2019, Monsanto/Bayer, the manufacturers of Roundup have faced over 11,000 lawsuits that allege being exposed to Roundup caused the plaintiffs to develop non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Monsanto’s Roundup is the leading and most widely used herbicide in the entire world. From 1974-2000, Monsanto was the sole manufacturer of glyphosate-based herbicides, until the patent expired in 2000. When Bayer purchased Monsanto in 2016, they inherited the multitude of lawsuits surrounding Roundup.
Does Roundup Cause Cancer?
When it comes to whether or not Roundup causes cancer, it depends on whom you ask. There are many scientists and health care organizations that all agree glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup, does cause cancer.
As you would expect, if you as Bayer and the Environmental Protection Agency, you would probably get a completely different response.
When Roundup first hit the market in the 1970s, the effects it had on people were questioned. Today, many peers reviewed studies conducted by scientists worldwide indicate that glyphosate causes cancer.
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How Are People Exposed to Roundup?
Exposure to Roundup occurs either through your skin, ingestion or through inhalation. It’s not easy to avoid coming into contact with Roundup because traces of glyphosate have been found in about 60 percent of our total food supply, and 75 percent of our water and air. Let that sink in. Even crops that haven’t been treated with Roundup continue to be contaminated by the product.
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What Are the Health Problems That Have Been Associated With Roundup?
While cancer is the most widely known issue with Roundup and glyphosate, there are other problems and diseases that exposure to Roundup can increase the risk of humans contracting. They include:
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Autoimmune Disorders including Celiac Disease
- Chronic Respiratory Illnesses
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Type 2 Diabetes, and more.
Studies have shown that glyphosate disrupts your body’s ability to function when it’s absorbed properly. Additionally, Monsanto was aware of the health risks but continued to put millions of dollars into advertising.
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Can Anyone File a Roundup Lawsuit?
If you or your loved one has been exposed to Roundup and been diagnosed with leukemia, or non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma you could qualify for a Roundup cancer lawsuit. The Georgia legal team at Bader Scott Injury Lawyers can evaluate your case and advise you of your rights.
Do I Have A Time Limit to File a Roundup Lawsuit?
Many states have imposed product liability time limits in which you can file a Roundup lawsuit. In Georgia, the time limit for most product liability cases is two years from the date your injury was discovered.
Are the Roundup Lawsuits A Class Action?
No, as of now there isn’t a class-action lawsuit against Roundup. However, a lot of the lawsuits against Roundup have been consolidated into multidistrict litigation before the Honorable Vincent Chhabria in the Northern District of California. However, there are still lawsuits against Roundup that are being filed individually.
In multi-district litigation, cases that have facts and arguments that are similar are all put together and transferred to one court. This process helps to limit costs and encourage the same results. It also assists in fostering settlement discussions.
What Do the Roundup Lawsuits Allege?
Most of the lawsuits allege that Bayer/Monsanto, have to produce safe products. Also, if they are aware of any potential health issues, they must disclose the problems to the general public.
Evidence indicates, however, that Bayer knew about the dangers of glyphosate for decades but failed to make this information public.
The result of all this is that injured people are taking matters into their own hands and filing the lawsuits against Bayer. While no amount of money can take away someone’s injuries, it can go a long way to pay for medical expenses, lost wages, and other losses.
Have Any Cases Against Roundup Gone to Trial or Been Settled?
In 2018, a jury awarded a former landscaper $289 million who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. However, a judge later reduced the amount to about $80 million.
In a Phase Two Ruling, which started after a jury found Roundup caused cancer to the plaintiff, Hardeman, the sitting jury then ordered Monsanto to pay more than $80 million in damages. In that case, they awarded Mr. Hardeman the following:
- $75 million in punitive damages
- $5 million for past and future suffering
- $200,000 in medical expenses.
What Do All These Trials Mean?
The fact that two different juries found that the science backing claims that glyphosate causes cancer and is a carcinogen and that Monsanto worked extremely hard to hide those facts from the public mean that Roundup has put millions of people in danger.
As a result, Bayer/Monsanto is facing over 13,000 cancer claims just from people in the United States.
If you or a loved one has been exposed to Roundup and has either lymphoma or non-Hodgkin’s disease, you should contact the attorneys at Bader Scott Injury Lawyers. Their legal team is ready to hold Bayer/Monsanto accountable for your financial, emotional, and physical struggles. They offer a free, no-obligation case evaluation, and will answer any questions you may have.