Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed around the country against Monsanto Corporation by plaintiffs who accuse the giant corporation of failing to warn consumers of the increased lethal risks of the weed killer Roundup in developing non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and other types of cancers. According to these claims, many workers such as farmers, landscapers and groundskeepers – as well as other individuals who have been exposed to high levels of the chemical glyphosate which is found in Roundup and other similar weed killers - are developing these cancers at a much higher rate than the normal population. Documents produced thus far in these lawsuits reveal that for over 30 years Monsanto knew of the health risks of Roundup and intentionally deceived the public as to the hazard, even to the point of producing fake studies showing that the product was essentially safe and non-toxic to users.
If you have been diagnosed with a tumor after using significant amounts of Roundup or any glyphosate-based weed control product, our lawyers will be glad to review your case and assist you in claiming any compensation to which you might be entitled.
What is Roundup And Why Is It Dangerous?
Worth more than $4.8 billion in yearly sales to Monsanto and with some 250 million pounds being sprayed each year in garden, lawns, farms and parks, Roundup is the most widely-used herbicide around the globe. Monsanto’s weed killer is so effective due to the activity of one substance – glyphosate - which destroys some enzymes that are essential to the plant’s health. Monsanto even genetically engineered seeds for corn, soybeans, cotton and other crops to produce plants which are highly resistant to the effects of Roundup in order to sell their seeds to farmers who can now use Roundup even more freely and in even greater quantities without fear of damaging their own crops.
Many studies however, have shown that repeated exposure to glyphosate in humans is associated with a serious risk of a potentially fatal type of leukemia known as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma – a deadly cancer. The risk is particularly higher for those who are exposed to Roundup for prolonged periods of time because of professional reasons, such as farmers, gardeners, landscapers and park employees. Unfortunately, these people are usually unaware of this danger since Monsanto has made a concerted effort to hide and minimize these dangers. Because of that, many people who may had otherwise chosen to protect themselves during use never did so, being misled into thinking that glyphosate was a harmless and safe chemical.
Monsanto’s Responsibilities in the Cover Up
A company is fully responsible of protecting the public from the potential dangers associated with the use of its products. Court-produced documents show that Monsanto not only failed to warn of these dangers, but that it willfully tried to conceal and discredit the results of several studies that proved how toxic Roundup is – even commissioning fake studies of their own.
In March, 2017, documents produced in a case filed in a San Francisco federal court showed how Monsanto had ghostwritten research published by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that allegedly proved the safety of Roundup. Monsanto even sued the California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment to prevent glyphosate from being added to the state’s list of known carcinogens. As a result of these activities, Monsanto should be held liable for all the damage it caused to users.
Roundup Lawsuits Filed in Court
As of early July, 2018, the trial of a landmark lawsuit filed by DeWayne Johnson, a 46-year-old California groundskeeper who claims that he developed cancer from exposure to Roundup, is proceeding in what could be one of the largest, most historical litigations in many years. According to Mr. Johnson’s claim, Monsanto knew about the dangers of glyphosate for decades, actively concealed that knowledge, and should now be held liable for all the damage he suffered after being diagnosed with cancer.
The judge in the case - Judge Curtis Karnow - has issued an order requesting the jurors to take into account not just the scientific evidence available about Roundup’s alleged safety, but the fact that the manufacturer actively suppressed any other evidence that proved its toxicity.
Johnson’s case is just one of the many hundreds of cases filed in numerous courts across the country, and is just the beginning of a long battle for justice against Monsanto.
Consolidation of Roundup Cases
In October, 2016, after hundreds of Roundup lawsuits had been filed, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) decided to consolidate some 400 of the cases in the federal court for the Northern District of California (Multidistrict Litigation MDL No. 2741) for purposes of resolving many of the issues common to all of the cases. Overseen by Honorable Judge Vince Chhabria, the cases have been consolidated to speed up the proceedings as they all include similar allegations against Monsanto, such as failure to warn about its product’s dangers, false advertisement and conspiracy.
Why You Should Call Us Now
For over 60 years, the attorneys at Lattof & Lattof, PC have dedicated themselves to protecting and fighting for the rights of those injured or killed to the wrongful acts of large corporations such as Monsanto.
If you or one of your loved ones are among the many victims of the effects of Roundup, you can be eligible to a substantial reward that will cover all your medical expenses and more. Call us today to receive a free legal consultation and evaluation of your case. We’re here to help you win this battle.