Roundup Lawsuit FAQ
Are Roundup Lawsuits Filed Against Monsanto or Bayer?
Technically, both. Roundup was initially designed and manufactured by Monsanto. In 2018, Monsanto was purchased and absorbed by Bayer. When Bayer acquired Monsanto, it also acquired the company’s legal disputes, including Roundup litigation.
Have There Been Any Roundup Lawsuit Settlements or Awards?
Yes. Three Roundup injury lawsuits have been resolved. Both have yielded a jury award in favor of the plaintiff.
$289 Million Verdict. Dewayne Johnson sued Monsanto, claiming that he developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma after using Roundup weedkiller at work for decades. A San Francisco jury decided that his terminal cancer was, in fact, related to his exposure to glyphosate. The California man was awarded $289 million in damages. The award was later reduced to $78 million.
$80 Million Verdict. Edwin Hardeman sued Monsanto, claiming that he developed cancer because he sprayed Roundup on his 56-acre property for more than two decades. A San Francisco jury agreed and awarded him $80 million in compensation.
$2.55 Billion Verdict. Alva and Alberta Pilliod sued Monsanto after the husband and wife were both diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The odds of both of them receiving that diagnosis was 1 in 20,000. A California jury awarded the couple $55 million in compensatory damages, while each spouse individually received $1 Billion in punitive damages.
Tens of thousands of other Roundup injury lawsuits are still pending in state and federal courts across the nation. After two losses in court, a judge has ordered Bayer to enter mediation. During this process, the company will attempt to negotiate a settlement to resolve outstanding cases.
Is There a Roundup Class Action Lawsuit?
No. There is no Roundup class action lawsuit. However, many Roundup lawsuits have been consolidated into multidistrict litigation, or MDLs. To date, more than 800 cases are pending in an MDL in California.
In an MDL, cases with similar facts and arguments are joined together and transferred to a single federal court. The process limits costs, encourages similar results, and fosters settlement discussions.
An MDL is different from a class action because each plaintiff reserves the right to have his or her day in court. The result of one case does not necessarily impact others. However, early results of bellwether trials often indicate the strength of other lawsuits against Monsanto in the MDL.
Can I File a Roundup Injury Lawsuit?
Plaintiffs are filing Roundup injury lawsuits every day. Only an experienced injury lawyer can tell you if you have a strong case. However, you may be able to recover compensation with a Roundup injury lawsuit if you’ve been:
- Exposed to Roundup weed killer, and
- Diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma or other severe health issues.
Individuals who work with Roundup or live in an area where it is regularly sprayed are most likely to suffer adverse health issues. Do you believe that you’ve been injured because of Roundup weed killer? Rosen Injury Lawyers can help you understand your legal options. Call our office today to learn more.
Does Roundup Cause Cancer?
This question has been posed for decades. The answer really depends on who you ask. According to several scientists and health organizations, the active ingredient in Roundup probably causes cancer. If you ask Bayer or the EPA, however, you’ll get a very different answer.
Peer-Reviewed Research Shows Roundup Causes Cancer
Since Roundup was first introduced in the 1970s, its effect on human health has been questioned. Today, there are multiple peer-reviewed studies, conducted by scientists across the globe, indicating that the active ingredient in the popular pesticide is quite dangerous. Specifically, these studies show that exposure to glyphosate can cause cancer.
- Canadian study finds that the risk of developing cancer increases the more you’re exposed to glyphosate.
- American study reveals farm workers exposed to glyphosate report higher-than-average rates of cancer.
- Swedish study shows the risk of cancer doubles within 10 years after glyphosate exposure.
- American study calls glyphosate exposure a major contributing factor of cancer.
- American study finds glyphosate exposure increases the risk of cancer by 41 percent.
After multiple studies came to similar conclusions, the World Health Organization (WHO) joined the conversation. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) – a division of the WHO – formally classified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” According to the IARC, a carcinogen is a substance that either cases or promotes the development of cancer.
Bayer, EPA, US Government Adamant Roundup is Safe
Despite all of this evidence suggesting that glyphosate is dangerous, Bayer and the United States government have refused to admit there may be a problem. In fact, the EPA issued a statement reaffirming its stance on glyphosate after Bayer’s second loss in court.
Bayer and the EPA point to studies of their own that support their claims that glyphosate is safe. However, many believe that these studies are bought and paid for. Others contend that, for decades, Monsanto has buried any research that would threaten sales.
Internal Monsanto documents appear to support these accusations. There is evidence to suggest that Monsanto has gone to great lengths to collude with the government, influence research, and hide critical information from the public.
How Can I Be Exposed to Roundup?
Roundup is the most widely used weed killer in the world. Exposure can involve direct contact with the skin, inhalation, or ingestion. Studies indicate that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to avoid exposure to Roundup. Traces of glyphosate has been discovered in as much as 60 percent of our food supply and 75 percent of our air and water. Even crops that aren’t treated with Roundup have been contaminated.
What Are the Side Effects of Roundup Exposure?
If you’ve been exposed to Roundup, even for just a short period of time, you may experience the following side effects:
- Skin irritation
- Eye and nose irritation
- Sore or burning throat
- Increased saliva production
- Nausea and vomiting, and
It’s essential to avoid additional exposure and seek medical attention.
What Health Issues Are Associated With Roundup Weed
Cancer is not the only health issue linked to Roundup and glyphosate. Studies have also discovered that Roundup may also increase the risk of developing:
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Chronic Kidney Disease
- Autoimmune disorders, including Celiac Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Chronic respiratory illnesses, and more.
Glyphosate disrupts your body’s ability to function properly when it’s absorbed. Monsanto knew this, but continued to pour billions into advertising its money-making pesticide. If you’ve developed any of these health issues after being exposed to Roundup, you may have a strong argument for compensation.
Is Roundup More Dangerous Than Glyphosate?
Maybe. Scientists for the IARC and US National Toxicology Program believe that glyphosate may be more hazardous to human health when it is combined with other chemicals. Why? The other chemicals may increase the bioavailability of glyphosate. In other words, it becomes easier for glyphosate to get absorbed into the body. The more glyphosate the body absorbs, the more toxic the effects.
Glyphosate is dangerous on its own. It may be a greater threat to human health when it’s combined with other substances, like it is in Roundup.
How Can I File a Roundup Injury Lawsuit?
Bayer, formerly Monsanto, has to make sure that the products it sells are safe. If it knows about any potential health risks, it has a duty to disclose those to the public. Mounting evidence indicates that Bayer has known about the dangers of glyphosate for decades. However, it failed to pass along pertinent information to consumers. Now thousands are struggling with painful and, in some cases, terminal injuries.
Injured consumers are taking matters into their own hands, filing product liability lawsuits against the giant corporation. Money won’t undo the damage that’s been done, but it can help to compensate for medical bills, lost wages, and other financial expenses. Juries have also repeatedly awarded punitive damages to punish Bayer for its unsavory practices.
You should contact an experienced attorney for help if you think that you’ve been injured after being exposed to Roundup. At Rosen Injury Lawyers, our legal team is prepared to hold Bayer accountable for your physical, emotional, and financial struggles. Call our office today to schedule a free, no obligation case assessment. We’ll review your case and answer any questions you have.