Monsanto Roundup Lawsuits
Why Are People Filing Monsanto Roundup Lawsuits?
Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer is the most widely-used pesticide in the world. More than 300 million pounds of the chemical are sprayed to kill weeds on crops, farms, and fields every year. Unfortunately, people are developing serious health issues, including non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, after using Roundup. Research shows that exposure to the main ingredient in Roundup may cause cancer.
Thousands of individuals have filed product liability lawsuits against the company. These lawsuits allege that Monsanto knew about these dangers but failed to warn consumers. One of those lawsuits has already been successful. In 2018, Monsanto was ordered to pay $289 million in damages to a school groundskeeper who developed cancer because of Roundup.
Have you developed non-Hodgkin Lymphoma after being exposed to Roundup weed killer? Contact Rosen Injury Lawyers to learn about your legal options. You may have the right to file a Roundup weed killer lawsuit to recover compensation for your injuries. Our attorneys can help you fight for the money you deserve. Call our law firm today to complete your free consultation.
- 1 Why Are People Filing Monsanto Roundup Lawsuits?
- 2 What is Roundup Weed Killer?
- 3 Why is Roundup Weed Killer Dangerous?
- 4 Glyphosate Linked to Increased Risk of Cancer
- 5 What is non-Hodgkin Lymphoma?
- 6 What Are the Signs and Symptoms of non-Hodgkin Lymphoma?
- 7 How Could I Have Been Exposed to Roundup or Glyphosate?
- 8 Do I Have a Roundup Weed Killer Lawsuit?
What is Roundup Weed Killer?
Roundup is a broad-spectrum weed killer that has only grown in popularity since it was first sold in the 1970s. At the time, most pesticides were selective and only killed specific types of crops. Roundup, however, offered a way to kill almost anything in its path. At the same time, Roundup was found to be more environmentally-friendly than other types of pesticides. Roundup provided farmers with a new, more efficient way to patrol their crops.
Monsanto then found a way to make sure that Roundup wouldn’t kill the farmer’s cash crop. The company engineered genetically modified crops that were Roundup-resistant. In other words, crops grown from these GMO seeds were untouchable. Roundup could be liberally applied to farms without the fear of damaging important crops.
Why is Roundup Weed Killer Dangerous?
Roundup is dangerous because exposure to glyphosate – the active ingredient – is believed to cause cancer in humans. In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a division of the World Health Organization, classified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic in humans.” Carcinogens are any substance that causes or promotes the growth of cancer cells in the body. Scientists for the IARC also believe that glyphosate even more dangerous when combined with other chemicals in Roundup.
Disputes Over Glyphosate Toxicity
The World Health Organization has classified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic.” Other agencies have yet to follow suit. In the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been particularly hesitant to even acknowledge the fact that glyphosate may be associated with serious health risks. The agency’s position has shifted several times since Roundup was first sold.
- 1985. Lab rats exposed to glyphosate developed tumors. The EPA responded by classifying glyphosate as a possible carcinogen.
- 1991. Monsanto lobbies the EPA to change its stance. The EPA arbitrarily reclassifies glyphosate as a non-carcinogenic substance.
Despite multiple studies showing a possible link between glyphosate and cancer, the EPA has remained adamant that the chemical is safe. In 2013, the agency even doubled the maximum glyphosate levels for food and crops. The EPA’s refusal to consider the risks of glyphosate have raised concerns. There is even evidence to suggest that officials within the agency have intentionally tried to slow down or prevent glyphosate safety reviews.
Some lawsuits filed against Monsanto accuse the company of misrepresenting research submitted to the government. Others argue that the company colluded with the agency to downplay the risks of its popular weed killer.
Glyphosate Linked to Increased Risk of Cancer
Several peer-reviewed studies have found that there is an association between glyphosate exposure and the risk of developing cancer.
- Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention. In 2001, a Canadian study found a relationship between glyphosate exposure and cancer. The greater the exposure, the higher the risk of cancer.
- Occupational and Environmental Medicine. In 2003, an American study found an increased rate of cancer in farm workers exposed to glyphosate.
- International Journal of Cancer. In 2008, a Swedish study determined that glyphosate exposure doubles the risk of developing cancer within 10 years.
- International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. In 2014, an American study determined glyphosate exposure is a major factor in the development of cancer.
Simply put, studies show that people who are exposed to Roundup are more likely to develop cancer than those who are not.
What is non-Hodgkin Lymphoma?
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) is a type of cancer that originates in white blood cells in the body’s lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is part of the body’s immune system, helping to protect against bacteria, infections, and disease.
Lymph tissue is located throughout the body, including the chest, abdomen, spleen, stomach, intestines, pelvis, bone marrow, tonsils, and thymus.
White blood cells in patients with non-Hodgkin lymphoma divide abnormally. This prevents the cells from fighting infection and keeping the body safe. As the cells divide, the patient’s white blood count increases significantly. The cells begin to accumulate in the lymph nodes or anywhere lymph tissue is located. This accumulation triggers and accelerates tumor growth.
Cancerous cells can spread throughout the body by way of the bloodstream or lymph system. Survival rates for non-Hodgkin lymphoma decline significantly when the cancerous cells reach organs or tissue outside of the lymphatic system.
What Are the Signs and Symptoms of non-Hodgkin Lymphoma?
Exposure to Roundup has been associated with serious health issues, including non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Symptoms of lymphoma can vary, but often include:
- Weight loss
- Chest pain
- Enlarged lymph nodes
- Swollen abdomen
- Shortness of breath
- Frequent infections
- Changes in personality, and
- Feeling full after eating only a small amount of food.
Have you experienced any of these symptoms after being exposed to Roundup weed killer? Seek medical attention immediately. Early intervention can provide you with the best prognosis and chance of survival.
How Could I Have Been Exposed to Roundup or Glyphosate?
Roundup is the most heavily used pesticide in the world. It affects most of our crops. In fact, studies have shown that glyphosate residue can be found in anywhere between 30 percent and 60 percent of our food. Since it is so widely used, the risk of exposure can be quite high.
Glyphosate exposure can include contact with the skin or eyes, inhalation, and consumption by mouth. You are more likely to be exposed to glyphosate if you live on or near a farm or handle the pesticide on a regular basis.
Signs of glyphosate exposure include:
- Increased saliva
- Skin irritation
- Note and throat irritation
- Loss of appetite
- Fatigue, and
Have you been exposed to Roundup weed killer? Contact Rosen Injury Lawyers to learn about your legal rights. Our Roundup weed killer attorneys can help you file a lawsuit to recover compensation for your glyphosate-related injuries. Call today to schedule your free case assessment.
Do I Have a Roundup Weed Killer Lawsuit?
Research shows that glyphosate is associated with adverse health issues, including non-Hodgkin lymphoma. There is evidence to suggest that Monsanto knew about these dangers, but failed to warn and protect consumers. Internal memos even suggest the company took steps to bury negative research and sway government agencies.
The company is now facing more than 9,300 lawsuits in state and federal courts across the country. You may have the right to file a lawsuit against Monsanto if you have:
- Been exposed to Roundup weed killer and its active ingredient, glyphosate
- Developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma or other serious health issues.
Only an experienced attorney will be able to tell you if you have a legitimate case. Contact Rosen Injury Lawyers to learn more about your legal rights and options. Our experienced attorneys will carefully review your case and answer any questions you have. If you decide to file a claim, we will help you fight for the money you deserve.