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Roundup Cancer Lawsuit

Weedkiller is supposed to kill weeds but instead it could be causing cancer and killing people
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Last Updated: February 7, 2021

Roundup weedkiller was designed with one, single purpose: killing weeds. This herbicide product was very effective at killing weeds, but contained a very harmful compound called glyphosate that has since been linked to certain forms of cancer. Long-term exposure to glyphosate by farmworkers, landscapers, groundskeepers, and others causes a heightened risk of several dangerous side-effects including pain, swelling, fever, and even several forms of blood cancers.

Quick Facts About the Roundup Lawsuit

  • Biggest Award: $289.2 million including $250 million in punitive damages for failing to warn consumers of dangers
  • Number of Cases: More than 43,000 claimants as of March 2020
  • Weedkiller Introduction Date: 1974
  • Intended Use: To kill unwanted plants that can ruin agricultural crops and home gardens
  • Side-Effects: Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma – A blood cancer that originates in the lymphatic system

What You Need to Know

What Is The Roundup Case All About: Roundup weedkiller, containing the chemical compound glyphosate, has been sold by manufacturers Monsanto (Bayer) for over 35 years. In recent years a link has been found between glyphosate (the chemical compound found in Roundup) and Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Those who were exposed to Roundup and have developed cancer are entitled to justice and compensation.

Who Was Impacted By Roundup?: Agricultural workers and gardeners who have developed Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after using Roundup to spray crops, plants and flowers, are entitled to fight back against this carcinogenic (cancer causing) product.

When Roundup Weedkiller Was Introduced: Monsanto, the makers of Roundup, introduced the weedkiller to the market in 1974. In 1999 they hired scientific experts to conduct an internal, secret safety review of the product. The scientists raised concerns and called for more testing but executives refused. Cancer sufferers who were exposed to Roundup are entitled to fight for justice against a company who hid the truth and only sought profits.

Why Roundup Is Dangerous: Roundup contains the toxic chemical compound glyphosate. A 2015 report by the WHO (World Health Organization) concluded that glyphosate is a ‘probable human carcinogen’, meaning that there is a strong link between exposure to glyphosate and humans developing cancer. Those who have been affected are entitled to seek justice and compensation. 

How To Fight Back Against Monsanto: To see if you or a loved one qualify to fight against the injustice of cancer due to Roundup exposure, start by taking a free evaluation to check eligibility for compensation.

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The Roundup - Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma Link

The main, or active, ingredient in Roundup weedkiller is glyphosate, a herbicide and crop desiccant discovered in 1970. Glyphosate-based products have been the world’s most popular types of weedkiller for decades, and Monsanto made a fortune selling Roundup since its introduction in 1974. However, a report by the IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) in 2015 classified glyphosate as a probable cause of Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in humans.

Roundup Cancer History

Monsanto and, afterwards, Bayer, have disputed the claims that Roundup causes cancer. The companies point to other studies, including their own, that show different results to the IARC Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma conclusions. After listening to experts on the witness stand, several independent juries and judges have dismissed the claims from Roundup’s makers. We have already seen multi-million-dollar claims awarded in individual roundup cases, and Bayer was forced to put up $10.9 billion to settle some of the cancer lawsuits last summer.

Roundup Cancer Evidence

Most of the evidence that Roundup causes cancer in humans comes from the IARC/Word Health Organization study. Other studies back up the evidence provided by the IARC. For instance, CNN reported last year on a new study that cited a 41% increased risk of Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma when exposed to glyphosate. Bayer and Monsanto’s assertions that Roundup does not cause cancer have been backed by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). However, the EPA has been widely criticized for its stance, with some pointing to a “troubling” linkage between the EPA’s ruling and the Trump administration's pursuit of looser regulation across all facets of industry. While not certain, it is certainly possible that the EPA changes its stance when Joe Biden assumes the presidency in January.

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Roundup Linked to Cancer

Roundup cancer studies may differ in their results. But what cannot be refuted is that several venerable institutions, including the WHO, are concerned about the link between Roundup and cancer. Moreover, when faced with the evidence in courts across the United States, the juries and judges have largely come down on the side of claimants. More pertinently, however, the Roundup cancer trials have uncovered evidence that Monsanto executives knew that there was a possibility that its weedkiller was harmful and tried to hide that evidence from millions of loyal Roundup customers.

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Side Effects And Injuries

Due to the intense scrutiny of the Roundup cancer lawsuits, it may seem like there is only one glyphosate side effect worth talking about – cancer. However, exposure to Roundup can cause other problems too. And, it’s worth remembering that humans are not alone in having potential issues when exposed to glyphosate products.

Roundup and glyphosate (the active ingredient in weedkiller) are often spoken of interchangeably in the media, and that’s understandable given that the latter is the main ingredient in the former. Glyphosate is not the only ingredient in the product that is potentially dangerous, however. As pointed out by the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC), there are other components in Roundup that can be even more toxic and can cause side effects in humans. NPIC lists the following potential Roundup side effects:

  • Eye and skin irritation 
  • Nose and throat irritation (after ingesting spray)
  • Increased saliva
  • Burns in nose and throat
  • Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea 
  • Death (after intentional ingestion)

What Is Glyphosate?

Glyphosate was discovered in 1970 by a chemist working for Monsanto, John E. Franz. Its weed-killing properties became apparent, and Monsanto got the product ready for market under the commercial name Roundup in 1974. Monsanto’s patent for glyphosate expired in 2000, and today many other glyphosate-based herbicide products exist around the world. Some estimates have claimed that glyphosate’s usage has increased by 100-fold globally since the late 1970s. 

But, as mentioned, glyphosate is only one of Roundup’s ingredients, albeit the main (active) one. Some Roundup products may contain POEA polyethoxylated tallow amine, which can also be dangerous when found in undiluted form. Campaigners have also called for companies like Bayer to provide more information on unlisted ingredients in herbicidal products.

Roundup Weedkiller Cancer

The concerns about Roundup will always come back to the link between weedkiller and cancer, namely Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. This is a specific type of cancer that originates in the lymphatic system – a system of glands and vessels that permeate your body. Survival rates for Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma will vary depending on the type of cancer and the stage of detection, but some estimates put it at 72%.

Common Symptoms of Cancer Caused by Roundup

Below we can list some of the symptoms of Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL), which is the type of cancer linked to Roundup. If you experience these symptoms regardless if you have been exposed to a glyphosate weedkiller in the past or not, we would urge you to consult a medical professional:

  • Persistent swollen glands or lymph nodes (cited as the main symptom of NHL)
  • Fluid acclamation and swelling, particularly in the abdomen (stomach). Face, arms, and neck
  • Sudden and dramatic weight loss
  • Abdominal pain 
  • Bone pain
  • Severe and chronic fatigue
  • Balance problems
  • Chest pain, persistent cough, shortness of breath
  • Appetite suppression – feeling full after a small meal
  • Blood in the feces, urine or vomit
  • Trouble urinating
  • Persistent fever (lasting over two weeks)
  • Persistent chills and sweating, especially night sweats (lasting over two weeks)
  • Headaches, seizures, or blurred or lost vision
  • Chronic itching
  • Numbness around the face
  • Mood swings and mental health changes

Why Is There No Roundup Recall?

Many people have been asking why Roundup hasn’t been recalled? This is due to a number of reasons. First, there is still an ongoing debate in the scientific community on whether Roundup causes cancer. Second, there is the decision by the EPA not to ban Roundup products. Both of those areas are fluid, and it is, therefore, possible that Roundup may be recalled in the future. Several countries, including, ironically, Bayer’s home country of Germany, have put plans in place to ban or gradually phase out Roundup and other glyphosate-based products.

History Of The Case

What Happened Exactly?

Although Roundup users are instructed to use protective equipment when applying the herbicide product, the company is alleged to have failed to adequately warn users about the risks of repeated exposure. Even protective equipment is not enough to prevent 100% of exposure to Roundup. It is also alleged that the company has gone on a longstanding misinformation campaign designed to hide the dangers of the product’s ingredients, even going as far as to sponsor scientific studies designed to disprove ample evidence that it does cause cancer and other side-effects. 

Moreover, the company has attempted to discredit any academic research and studies that highlight the links between its product and heightened risk of cancer and other harmful side-effects that impact user’s quality of life. Glyphosate, a main ingredient in Roundup, has even been qualified as “probably carcinogenic” by the World Health Organization (WHO). However, the EPA and other European regulators continue to approve its use.

How Many People Are Affected By This Dangerous Weedkiller?

The exact number of people who have used Roundup regularly over the last 45 years is not precisely known, however, it could number in the hundreds of thousands or even millions of people. Already, there are thousands of individuals fighting against Bayer for compensation, with cases currently pending against the company estimated to be over 43,000. 

Given the range of potential users who were exposed to the product and its main ingredient glyphosate, the number of possibly impacted people will likely continue to grow over the coming years. At present, anyone who has developed a form of cancer called Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma since 1985 following prolonged Roundup use is eligible to begin pursuing justice against Bayer for their injuries, pain, and suffering.

How Have Affected Individuals Fought Back?

Impacted individuals have taken up legal action against Bayer, which now owns Monsanto which was responsible for designing, manufacturing, and distributing Roundup over the last 45 years. Despite a mountain of evidence documenting the harmful properties of glyphosate, a main ingredient in the herbicide, the company has gone on the attack, citing its own evidence, scientific studies it has financed, and the approvals received from major regulators across the globe. 

However, this has not been enough to prevent the tide from turning against the company for its wrongdoing. High profile legal cases and victories for victims have thrust the company back into the spotlight for its harmful actions. Now, individuals injured by Roundup can also explore their options for compensation by filling out a short evaluation and detailing their interactions with Roundup to determine eligibility.

What Has Been The Biggest Victory Against Roundup?

So far, the single biggest verdict against the Roundup has been recorded in San Francisco, California.  A former school groundskeeper named Dewayne Johnson was awarded $289.2 million by a jury after exposure to Roundup was considered responsible for causing his terminal Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer. 

This victory has encouraged thousands of former Roundup users, spouses and family members of deceased individuals, and more to come forward. With tens of thousands of cases pending against the company for its wrongdoing and failure to adequately warn about the dangers of its products, victims harmed by this long standing corporate coverup are banding together to pursue justice against Bayer.

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Bayer Monsanto Roundup Settlement News

Monsanto and subsequently Bayer have been involved in Roundup litigation cases and roundup settlements since 2015. The first Roundup lawsuits emerged soon after the IARC published its findings linking glyphosate to Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Since then, 1000s of lawsuits have been filed against Roundup’s manufacturers. There have been notable big case wins for individual lawsuits, such as the huge payments that were awarded to Dewayne Johnson in 2018 and Richard Gonzales in 2019. These men were awarded $289 and $80 million respectively, although we should make it clear that judges reduced the payouts after appeals from Monsanto (Johnson finally received $78 million, Gonzales $25 million).

It’s not altogether clear when the Roundup litigation will end. Bayer has tried to reach deals with claimants, including that massive $10.9 billion settlement. This is a record settlement figure in the history of Big Pharma litigation. At the time, Bayer executives called the settlement “the right action at the right time”. 

But it’s possible – indeed, it’s likely – that many more people will come forward with genuine claims for compensation after contracting cancer linked to Roundup. Bayer has threatened to put the Monsanto arm of its company into bankruptcy in an effort to contain the multi-billion-dollar litigation it faces. That hasn’t materialized, however, and as we look forward to 2021, Bayer faces further litigation for Roundup.

Get Legal Advice For Your Case

The Roundup lawsuit is one of the biggest cases of its kind in US legal history; certainly, in terms of the settlements that we have seen so far. Some of the country’s best lawyers have been taking on the might of Monsanto and Bayer in court – and winning deserved compensation for their clients. If you or a loved one have used Roundup products and subsequently contracted Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, you should speak with an experienced lawyer right away. Speaking with a Roundup cancer lawsuit law firm can help you become aware of your options for pursuing compensation and joining the Roundup lawsuits. 

Roundup Lawsuit Lawyers Near Me

1000s of Roundup lawsuits have not yet been settled, and many more people are likely to come forward. If you are one of those who believe they have a case against Bayer, take our free evaluation test so we can help connect you with a Roundup lawsuit layer in your area. 

Statute Of Limitations

The statute of limitations on cases involving health problems varies by state, and it can range from anything from one to six years from the discovery of those issues. Moreover, the statute of limitations is different when pursuing claims for wrongful death, as some claimants might be doing in the Roundup cancer lawsuits. The best way to find out about the statute of limitations for Roundup cases in your state is to speak with an experienced lawyer as soon as possible. Once your case has been filed in court against Roundup’s manufacturers, the statute of limitations will no longer apply

Case News And Updates

Due to the 1000s of claimants, various lawsuits and billions of dollars at stake, there has been a lot of confusion and, indeed, misinformation around the Roundup lawsuits. Part of that is due to the fact that Bayer agreed the record-breaking $10.9 billion settlement in the summer of 2020. That has closed the issue, however, and there is still the possibility of further settlements and trials in 2021 and beyond. In short, Bayer has settled some of the cases, but many questions remain unanswered and many people who have got cancer after using Roundup have not yet received compensation.

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Roundup Cancer Lawsuit FAQs

What is Roundup?

Roundup is the trade name for a glyphosate-based herbicide (weedkiller) launched in 1974 by Monsanto. Roundup was a hugely successful product for Monsanto and one of the main reasons Monsanto was bought by German company Bayer for $66 billion in 2018.

Is Roundup safe to use or is it dangerous?

Studies by the WHO and other institutions have stated that the active ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate, is a probable human carcinogen (cancer-causing agent).

Does Roundup Cause Cancer?

Monsanto, and now Bayer, have claimed otherwise, but some studies have shown a 41% increase in cancer risk after exposure to Roundup.

What kind of Cancer Does Roundup Cause?

Studies have shown that Roundup could cause an aggressive type of cancer of the lymphatic system called Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL). Around 1 in 4 people will die after contracting NHL

Does Roundup Cause Prostate Cancer?

While most of the focus has gone on Roundup and Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, some studies have highlighted an increase in prostate cancer within groups with higher than normal exposure to Roundup (glyphosate). Other studies have linked Roundup to breast cancer and brain cancer in children.

How Does Roundup Cause Cancer?

Despite the links between Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and Roundup, scientists don’t know what causes this particular type of cancer. However, they do know that NHL is linked to certain risk factors that increase your chances of getting this terrible disease, and studies have shown that exposure to glyphosate might be one of those factors.

Is Roundup harmful to humans?

One of the key elements of the Roundup lawsuits is that executives sat on scientific evidence that it could be harmful to humans, including causing cancer. Even official advice on Roundup websites today call for users to wear special clothing, including protective glasses and masks. 

Is Roundup safe for dogs and other pets?

The National Pesticide Information Center clearly states that “pets may be at risk if they touch or eat plants that are still wet with spray from products containing glyphosate.” Roundup has also been found to be toxic to some fish and birds

Who makes Roundup and who owns it?

Roundup was created by Monsanto in 1974, but the company as bought by German company Bayer in 2018. Bayer makes Roundup today, and it has taken on the lawsuits that were originally filed against Monsanto. 

Why is Roundup still being sold?

Roundup is banned in several countries, but it is still being sold in the United States. Critics have slammed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for not banning Roundup. 

Will Bayer settle Roundup lawsuits?

The Monsanto acquisition has caused quite a headache for Bayer; not just in the United States, but with other cases across the world. Bayer has already agreed to pay $10.9 billion to settle some of the Roundup lawsuits, but it is possible the German company will have to pay more. 

Where is my Roundup settlement check?

In mid-2020, Bayer agreed to settle 1000s of cancer lawsuits, hoping that its $10.9 billion outlay would resolve the issue. As such, you may receive payment soon if you were part of that settlement. Bayer is still facing other cancer lawsuits, however, so we would urge you to take our free evaluation to see if you qualify for compensation from Bayer.  

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