Roundup Weed Killer

When you first learned that you had cancer, you may have had questions: How advanced is the condition? What can be done? Why did this happen to you?

If you've been regularly exposed to Monsanto's Roundup weed killer, that might be the answer you're looking for. Roundup is the most widely used herbicide in the United States, most common among farmers. Although farm workers, landscapers, construction workers and employees of garden centers and nurseries are at the highest risk of injury due to increased exposure to Roundup, residential home use may also be harmful.

Roundup is manufactured by Monsanto, an agriculture chemical company founded in 1901. Today, Monsanto is viewed by many as the world's most evil corporation because of the information it has withheld from consumers. To this day, Monsanto insists that this pesticide is not dangerous, despite research that proves Roundup is extremely dangerous and may lead to serious disease, including cancer. Monsanto's negligence has put many lives in jeopardy.

What Makes Roundup Dangerous?

On March 20, 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) determined that glyphosate, the active chemical in the herbicide, is a Group 2A agent, citing it as "probably carcinogenic to humans." Exposure is linked to celiac disease, cancer, and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) and its subtypes, including: diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL or DLBL); follicular lymphoma; chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL); mantle cell lymphoma (MCL); and cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL). Scientists have found that farmers have at least double the risk of developing non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

Exposure may happen from direct contact to the skin and/or inhaling it during use when mixing RoundupTM or applying it. Symptoms after exposure may include fever, night sweats, swollen lymph nodes, stomach pain, chest pain and loss of appetite. If you are a farm worker, construction worker, nursery or garden center employee, landscaper, or believe you have been exposed, you may be at risk. We can't stress enough that if you have been affected, you need to get in contact with Weinstein Caggiano to talk about your options.

Legal Action Against Monsanto

In May 2019, a jury in Oakland, California, ordered Monsanto to pay a couple more than $2 billion in damages after finding that Monsanto's Roundup weed killer caused their cancer - the third jury since this recent litigation started to conclude that the company failed to warn consumers of its product's dangers. The couple, Alva and Alberta Pilliod, used Roundup on their Northern California property for decades. In 2011, Mr. Pilliod (who is now 76) was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. In 2015, his wife, who is now 74, learned that she had the same disease.

The first "bellwether" trial in the federal Multi-District Litigation (MDL) recently concluded in the Northern District Court of California, with the Honorable Judge Vince Chhabria presiding. The trial began on February 15, and was bifurcated, meaning it was split into two parts or "phases." The first phase dealt solely with general and specific causation. This meant that the jury was tasked with answering whether Roundup caused the Plaintiff's (Mr. Hardeman's) non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The first phase concluded on March 12, 2019. On March 19, 2019, a unanimous jury came back, finding that Mr. Hardeman's exposure to Roundup was a "substantial factor" in causing his non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. This is an important step for all those who have been exposed to Roundup and seek justice for its role in causing their cancer. During the second phase of trial, the jury awarded $80 million in damages to the plaintiffs.

Last August 2018, a former school groundskeeper who had been exposed to Monsanto's Roundup and was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma was awarded $289 million in damages.

After these three stunning courtroom losses, Monsanto's next Roundup trial will begin in August 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. According to her complaint, the plaintiff, Sharlean Gordon, purchased and used Roundup for at 15 years and was diagnosed with a form of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2006.

Why You Should Take Legal Action

If you're a victim of Roundup's effects, you're not alone. We encourage you to explore your options by calling us at Weinstein Caggiano to get the help and support you deserve, and help keep Monsanto accountable. Keep in mind: Monsanto has made billions of dollars at the expense of agricultural workers' lives, maintaining that this herbicide is "safer than table salt." We believe that Monsanto deserves to be held accountable for their irresponsibility towards these workers. If you or a loved one has been affected and wish to take legal action, we can help. Our team of lawyers is dedicated to helping you and your family pursue a case against Monsanto to help find the compensation and justice you deserve. Call us today for a free consultation to see what we can do for you.