Roundup weed killer has been on the market for decades and has been used both on a large scale by farmers and groundskeepers and on a smaller scale by homeowners. In recent years, Roundup has become a controversial product because of its links to cancer and thousands of lawsuits filed against the manufacturer, Monsanto. A few of these Roundup lawsuits have resulted in massive verdicts for victims. This includes a $289 million verdict for a former groundskeeper who contracted cancer after using Roundup at work for many years, and a verdict of more than $2 billion for a California couple who developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma within four years of each other.
If you or a loved one were exposed to Roundup weed killer for a long period of time and have developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, you have legal rights. Do not hesitate to contact our trusted attorneys at O’Connor, Acciani & Levy for legal guidance. During a free consultation, defective product lawyers will evaluate your situation and determine if you have grounds to pursue a Roundup lawsuit. The consultation does not cost you anything and does not place any obligation on you to take legal action. If you move forward, you will not be billed for having us represent you unless you recover fair compensation.
Roundup was introduced to the market in 1976 after Monsanto created and patented the infamous ingredient glyphosate. Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have been exposed to the weed killer, worldwide. The product is mainly used in agriculture, and lawn and garden care. The ingredient has been especially in high demand for genetically modified crops, as well as crop consumption in animal feed. The ingredient promotes growth of genetically modified crops because of its weed-resistance properties.
CAN THE USE OF ROUNDUP CAUSE CANCER?
In April 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reaffirmed its contention that glyphosate is not a risk to public health and is not a carcinogen.
However, there have been several cancer studies that show a link between the use of pesticides like glyphosate and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. In 2008, a study published in the International Journal of Cancer evaluated 910 subjects diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and compared them to 1,016 controls. Through various interviews and questionnaires, the study conductors found an association between long exposure of glyphosate and a greater risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) reviewed nearly 1,000 studies to reach the conclusion that the active ingredient in Roundup is “probably carcinogenic to humans.” The research revealed that glyphosate found in the urine and bloodstream of farmers exposed to the herbicide increased risks of cancer and tumors in some animals.
At O’Connor, Acciani & Levy, we will be able to evaluate your situation and determine if there is a link between your cancer and exposure to Roundup. We will work hard to pursue compensation for the damages your cancer has caused you to suffer through a Roundup lawsuit. We strongly believe that product manufacturers should be held accountable for the dangerous products they put out into the market.
WHO IS AT-RISK OF DEVELOPING NON-HODGKIN’S LYMPHOMA?
There are some industries whose workers are more prone to developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma because of the requirements of their jobs:
- Landscape professionals
- Farm workers
- Golf course greenskeepers
- Agriculture workers
Private homeowners are also at great risk of developing cancer from the long use of Roundup in their yards.
The product is currently sold in several worldwide markets, such as Asia-Pacific, Japan, Latin America, Europe and Canada. However, France banned the sale, distribution, and use of Roundup as of January 2019. Many countries in Latin America and Europe have placed severe restrictions on the use of glyphosate-containing products or are pursuing all-out bans on these products.
SYMPTOMS OF NON-HODGKIN’S LYMPHOMA
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma originates in the lymphatic system, which is in charge of fighting the spread of disease throughout the body. Early symptoms and signs of this form of cancer include:
- Night sweats
- Unexplained weight loss
- Abdominal pain or swelling
- Swollen, painless lymph nodes in the neck, groin or armpits
- Chest pain, coughing, and trouble breathing
- Constant fatigue
If you have any of the symptoms listed above, it is important that you seek immediate medical attention to get a proper and thorough diagnosis.
Manufacturers of consumer products have a duty to ensure that their products are safe to use and do not cause harm when used as intended. When products are unsafe, and consumers get injured, they may have grounds for suing the manufacturer, which is what has happened to Monsanto, the manufacturer of Roundup weed killer.
Roundup lawsuits have been filed making various allegations against Monsanto:
- Misrepresenting the environmental and health risks caused by Roundup
- Neglecting to inform consumers about the risks of the product
- Being aware that exposure to Roundup may cause several medical issues, like cancer
- Knowingly exposing consumers to a glyphosate, a possible carcinogen to humans
In May 2019, a California jury ordered Monsanto to pay over $2 billion in compensatory and punitive damages to a married couple who were both stricken with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after being exposed to the product for more than 30 years. Punitive damages were awarded to the couple after the jury found that Monsanto “engaged in conduct with malice, oppression or fraud committed by one or more officers, directors or managing agents of Monsanto.”
Pilliod v. Monsanto went to trial after two other cases resulted in verdicts that said Monsanto’s Roundup was a major factor in someone developing cancer.
In March 2019, a San Francisco jury unanimously ordered Monsanto to pay up to $80 million in damages to a man who developed cancer after extended exposure to Monsanto’s glyphosate herbicide. The other jury verdict came down in August 2018, in favor of a school groundskeeper. This man was awarded $289 million for developing terminal non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
There are more than 13,000 victims who have since come forward with similar lawsuits against the cancer-causing product.
If you believe that your exposure to Roundup has caused you health issues, especially non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, do not wait to speak to a qualified attorney for answers to your legal questions. You may be able to file a Roundup lawsuit to pursue compensation for your damages.
WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS FOR ROUNDUP
Bayer, the German chemical and pharmaceutical company now has control of the product after buying Monsanto in 2018. The company plans to invest $5.6 billion over the next decade to develop new and safer weed killers.
Even after the legal battles and successful trials of the victims exposed to Roundup, Bayer still stands by the product’s active ingredient claiming that studies have established that glyphosate is safe. Bayer offered a statement that said, “while glyphosate will continue to play an important role in agriculture and in Bayer’s portfolio, the company is committed to offering more choices for growers.”
CONTACT A TRUSTED ATTORNEY TODAY ABOUT A ROUNDUP LAWSUIT
If you or a loved one is a victim of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and suspect that your use of the weed killer is to blame, it is in your best interest to contact a qualified attorney at O’Connor, Acciani & Levy today. You should not have to suffer the financial burden that comes with cancer when the manufacturer’s negligence is to blame. You can help protect your right to compensation by having a knowledgeable legal team on your side.
There is no charge for your consultation and you will not be assessed attorney fees unless you are compensated at the end of the legal process.