Roundup Lawsuit for Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma & Other Cancers
More than 9,300 people have filed glyphosate cancer lawsuits against Monsanto Co., alleging that exposure to Roundup herbicide caused them or their loved ones to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma cancer
In March 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen. The IARC also concluded that there is strong evidence that glyphosate can cause genotoxicity, oxidative stress, and cytotoxicity in laboratory animals and other life forms.
Our personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC are here to help and inform you of legal rights and options to file a Roundup lawsuit against the manufacturers, Bayer and Monsanto.
If you or a loved one has used Monsanto Roundup and has been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins lymphoma, multiple myeloma, mantle cell lymphoma, kidney cancer, or other cancers, contact our Roundup cancer lawsuit law office today for a free lawyer case evaluation. You may qualify to join the Roundup lawsuit and obtain a settlement.
The IARC’s determination that glyphosate is probably carcinogenic to humans has prompted thousands of cancer lawsuits against Monsanto Company, its corporate successors Bayer AG, and Bayer CropScience LP in state and courts across the country.
On June 24, 2020, Bayer announced it had reached a Roundup settlement agreement in principle with five leading firms representing more than 100,000 plaintiffs alleging that they developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma due to significant exposure to Roundup weedkiller. These settlements would resolve more than 100 000 Roundup cases for $11 billion ($2 billion per year over three years).
More than 18,000 Roundup lawsuits against the manufacturers (Monsanto and Bayer) of the weed killer claim that the popular herbicide—commonly used on lawns, farms, and workplaces—causes cancer.
The news is frightening. You might have questions about the safety of Monsanto’s Roundup and what this means to you.
The World Health Organization (WHO) Warns of Dangerous Environmental Toxins in the Neighborhood and Food Products
Since the 1970s, glyphosate has been used to control weeds in public spaces like parks and schoolyards and private spaces like residential yards and gardens.
You probably even have some in your garage or shed right now. It’s a broad-spectrum herbicide, which means that it will kill all vegetation with which it comes into contact when applied.
Today, Monsanto reports more than $2 billion in annual sales of Roundup. The product outsells its leading competitor by five to one, meaning Roundup controls about 80% of the consumer market for weed killers that do not target specific weeds.
Because of Roundup’s popularity, it’s often used as a lawn and garden weed killer. Monsanto promoted the herbicide as easy to use and effective on poison ivy, kudzu, dandelions, and many other weeds. But despite its widespread use on gardens and lawns, Roundup’s primary use is now agricultural.
Nearly all corn, soy, and cotton grown in the United States get treated with glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup.
Have Any Roundup Cases Gone to Trial?
Yes, many Roundup cases have gone to trial, with most resulting in verdicts for the plaintiffs.
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Significant Roundup settlement money has already been negotiated to resolve numerous cases. In addition, other cases have been heard in Federal Court, including the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Roundup settlements have already been negotiated to resolve numerous cases in one case. In fact, many of the recent lawsuits have been consolidated and heard in Federal Court.
Examples of recent massive verdicts involving Roundup cancer litigation include:
- Dewayne Johnson: Roundup verdict $289 million (California)
In August of 2018, a jury awarded $289 million to Dewayne Johnson, a groundskeeper with Stage IV non-Hodgkins lymphoma (NHL). Mr. Johnson used Roundup extensively as a school groundskeeper for a San Francisco area school northern district.
He also had two accidents with substantial exposure when he was soaked with the weed killer. Two years after the first incident, he was diagnosed with NHL. At the time of trial, lesions covered eighty percent of his body.
The jury unanimously found that Monsanto failed to warn about glyphosate-based Roundup’s carcinogenic dangers and awarded $39 million in compensatory damages and $250 million in punitive damages in U.S. District Court, under trial Judge Vince Chabria.
The federal judge handling the lawsuit later lowered the punitive damages award to $78 million. However, both sides have appealed, and legal scholars suggest that this matter may be heard before the Supreme Court.
- Edward Hardeman: Monsanto Lawsuit Jury Verdict $80 million (California):
In March of 2019, a jury awarded Edward Hardeman more than $80 million in damages after determining that his Monsanto Roundup exposure caused him to develop non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Seventy-year-old Hardeman used Roundup to control weeds and poison oak on his property for 26 years.
In 2015, he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’ lymphoma and, when the WHO’s Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) declared glyphosate a probable carcinogen, Hardeman sued Monsanto.
- $2 Billion Monsanto Roundup Lawsuits (Oakland, CA)
Jurors recently heard evidence in a Roundup class action lawsuit awarded a California couple, Alva and Alberta Pilliod, more than $2 billion in damages. The Pilliods had used Roundup on their property for decades.
In 2011, Alva was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. In 2015, Alberta was diagnosed with the same disease after exposure to Roundup.
The Pilliod’s Roundup lawyers argued that a billion-dollar Roundup verdict would send a message to Monsanto, basing the requested punitive damages of $1 billion to settle for each of the Pilliods – on Monsanto’s 2017 profit from Roundup of $892 million.
Their Roundup lawyers also argued that homeowners are even more at risk from using Roundup because they have never been warned to wear gloves, protective clothing, or masks while using the product.
As future claims head to trial, our law firm will report back and update the content on this page accordingly.
Monsanto’s Future Roundup Lawsuits
The Monsanto Roundup weed killer manufacturer has already reached Roundup settlement agreements to resolve cancerous lawsuits. However, future Roundup lawsuits are likely to involve the company’s future liability as Monsanto continues to sell their dangerous products that have proven harmful to human health.
Many Roundup victims receiving a cancer diagnosis are hiring an attorney and seeking financial compensation for their damages or losing a loved one exposed to the toxic chemical.
Roundup lawyers specializing in toxic exposure cases are increasing in number. Do not wait this out. Legal representation could help you receive the compensation you deserve for your damages or loss.
What is the Average Lawsuit Payout?
As news of massive jury verdicts and a potential Roundup settlement make news headlines, there is increasing chatter about how much each plaintiff in the Roundup settlement may receive.
Because these cases are filed as individual lawsuits, the payout on each case will be unique and based upon the specific circumstances of each plaintiff.
For example, factors likely to be considered when the court approves the Roundup settlement of an individual case include:
- Age of the individual
- Preexisting health of the individual
- Type of injury (cell lymphoma or other cancer)
- Roundup exposure (length of exposure and concentration)
- Medical expenses (for past and future medical care)
- Lost wages
- Impact of the injury on the overall quality of life
As experienced product liability attorneys, we are committed to providing the best possible result for each client.
When you retain our firm, we will enter into an attorney-client legal relationship with a designated Roundup lawyer assigned to your case. They will work with you to position your case for the best possible outcome of your Roundup lawsuit
What is the Status of Ongoing Roundup Lawsuits?
There are currently more than 18,000 ongoing roundup litigation lawsuits involving Monsanto products. These fall into two general categories: individual lawsuits and class action lawsuits.
Most newly filed Roundup suits are part of federal multi-district litigation in California, a state consolidated proceeding in Alameda Superior Court, and a Missouri state proceeding in St. Louis County Court.
Many mass torts end up consolidated in a few locations for efficiency and compliance with federal jurisdictional and civil procedure rules. Some Roundup cases are settled through negotiations, and others will be heard at trial.
Individual Monsanto Roundup Lawsuits
The individual Roundup civil suits filed against Monsanto are not part of the class-action lawsuit but handled separately. The claimants are seeking remedies for injuries, such as lymphoma caused by Roundup and its active ingredient, glyphosate, as well as a failure to warn of the dangers of the chemical.
Many of these have been consolidated in the Alameda Supreme Court in California, the St. Louis County Court in Missouri, and the federal Roundup MDL Court in California. In addition, some of the personal injury and wrongful death cases have jury trials set for 2021.
Resolution of Pending and Future Claims
Many Monsanto Roundup class-action lawsuits against Monsanto are pending in several states.
These claims are related to false and misleading information on the Roundup label and don’t involve personal injury or wrongful death allegations.
Many class-action lawsuits revolve around Monsanto’s continued insistence that Roundup targets an enzyme found in plants and does not affect people or pets.
The lawsuits allege that glyphosate can target bacteria in mammals, including humans.
The individual cases are not class action lawsuits. However, in 2016, a federal judiciary panel created a Roundup MDL (multi-district litigation), allowing the plaintiffs’ attorneys to work together to develop the facts and science behind the glyphosate claims.
Early in 2019, U.S. District Judge Chhabria appointed attorney Kenneth Feinberg to begin mediating Roundup settlement discussions between Monsanto and the plaintiffs in the federal Roundup MDL court.
Mr. Feinberg has facilitated the resolution of many high-stakes claims, including the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal, the BP Deep Water Horizon oil spill, and the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund.
Long-Term Health Effects of Herbicide Exposure
Roundup is a danger to people. There are numerous long-term effects, including Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
After hearing so much about Roundup in the news, you may be wondering about the substance behind all of the claims. So, what is the biochemical basis for Roundup cancer claims, and what does the science say?
Roundup suppresses the ability of plants to produce essential amino acids and proteins needed for growth. Since all plants need these proteins to live, Roundup kills all plants, not just weeds.
The chemical is nearly ubiquitous. Landscapers and farmers use Roundup’s hazardous chemicals on residential lawns and gardens, public parks, schoolyards, right-of-way areas, and crops.
Unfortunately, this widespread use has exposed farmworkers to this chemical, who have been getting sick for years.
Crops genetically engineered to be immune to Roundup increase glyphosate levels found in streams, lakes, and ditches. Unfortunately, the chemical is also now found in much of our food, which builds up in our bodies.
Glyphosate as a Carcinogen
Exposure to glyphosate increases the risk of developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system that severely impacts the body’s immune system.
In 2015, WHO’s IARC said that glyphosate, the key ingredient in Roundup, is a probable carcinogen and that exposure may increase the risk of contracting non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Environmental Exposure to Roundup
Once Monsanto debuted its Roundup Ready seeds in the 1990s, the product became much more useful to the agricultural industry. Farmers could now spray the weed killer on their fields, killing weeds without harming crops.
But over time, weeds developed a resistance to glyphosate, requiring more and more of the herbicide to kill the weeds. Eventually, “superweeds” immune to Roundup developed.
Now, many farmers are back to mixing multiple chemicals, including glyphosate, to kill the weeds in their fields. Unfortunately, the increased use of hazardous concoctions results in more chemical runoff of glass to fade and other dangerous toxins into ditches, streams, lakes, and eventually our water supply.
A report based on the U.S. Department of Agriculture data indicates that farmers are now using 383 million pounds more pesticides than they would have if Roundup had never been developed.
Exposure Through Food
People are now facing unprecedented levels of glyphosate in their foods. Unfortunately, as Roundup use has dramatically increased, so has the level of the herbicide found in our food supply.
In 2019, scientific studies from the Environmental Working Group researching twenty-one oat-based cereal and snack products revealed that all but four products contained measurable amounts of glyphosate higher than the EWG considers safe for children.
Alarmingly, it seems that children may be at risk for glyphosate exposure through food at higher rates than adults. In July of 2019, CBS News reported on a study measuring glyphosate levels found in adults and children.
While Bayer AG, which now owns Monsanto, refuses to acknowledge the dangers of glyphosate, the company recently announced that it would be investing more than $5 billion to develop glyphosate alternatives and recently paid over $10 million to settle tens of thousands of new Roundup lawsuits.
In the meantime, people continue to be exposed to Roundup and glyphosate through the environment and the food we eat.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma or cancer after using Roundup, contact us for a free consultation.
Roundup Use in the Agricultural Industry
As a broad-spectrum herbicide, Roundup initially had limited agricultural application because it could only be sprayed in targeted areas where it would not harm crops.
Once Monsanto rolled out its genetically modified “Roundup Ready” seeds, this changed for crops like soybeans, corn, and cotton.
These crops were now genetically manipulated to be immune to Roundup and glyphosate. The alterations meant farmers could now spray Roundup on their entire field, killing all the weeds and leaving the cash crops unharmed.
With the development of Roundup Ready seeds, glyphosate agriculturally surged. The use of Roundup in agriculture increased dramatically from eleven million pounds in 1982 to 300 million pounds by 2012.
According to a Wall Street Journal report, “Biotech crops [heave] helped make glyphosate the most widely used weed killer in the world, accounting for about $5 billion in annual sales, or roughly one-fifth of the entire herbicide market.”
States with the Highest Levels of Roundup Usage
Roundup is predominantly used in agriculture, the biggest consumer of Roundup and glyphosate in the United States.
Throughout America, the state of Illinois maintains the highest agricultural use of glyphosate in the country, with more than 11,000 kilograms of the herbicide sprayed across Illinois farms in 2016.
Iowa ranks second in the use of Roundup at 10,915,748 kg., followed by Nebraska at 9,915,178 kg., Kansas at 8,864,771 kg., and North Dakota at 8,860,949 kg.
According to U.S. Geological Survey, high-end estimates for glyphosate use in 2016, Rhode Island has the smallest glyphosate consumption, not surprising for the smallest state, with only 750 kg of glyphosate used in 2016.
Impact of Roundup Use on Farming and Agricultural Workers
Roundup has been on the market since 1974. For decades, Roundup products were believed to be safe because its active ingredient, glyphosate, works on a plant enzyme that mammals, including humans, don’t possess.
However, research in the last two decades indicates that glyphosate isn’t as benign as we once thought. In 2015, the (WHO) World Health Organization’s IARC noted that glyphosate is probably carcinogenic to humans.
The Roundup weed killer cancer warning stated that exposure might lead to non-Hodgkins lymphoma as scientific evidence continues to mount.
The people most at risk for harmful exposure to Roundup and glyphosate are agricultural workers, herbicide applicators, landscapers, farmworkers, groundskeepers, and farmers.
History and Use of Roundup
The historical use of Roundup is extensive. Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, was first patented in the United States in 1961 by the Stauffer Chemical Company as a chelating and descaling agent.
Descaling agents bind to calcium, magnesium, and heavy metals, making them water-soluble and easily removed. As a result, glyphosate was initially used to clean out calcium and mineral deposits in the pipes and boilers of hot water systems.
In 1970, Monsanto scientist John Franz discovered that glyphosate was also an effective herbicide. As a result, Monsanto brought glyphosate to the industrial herbicide market in 1974 as Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer.
Roundup was marketed as an easy-to-use, broad-spectrum herbicide. It was sold to consumers in a concentrate mixed with water and then applied with a garden sprayer.
However, Roundup is a broad-spectrum herbicide. It will kill all plants, not just weeds. As a result, Roundup had to be applied in targeted areas to keep other plants safe.
The First Monsanto Roundup Lawsuits
Over the decades, lawsuits have also surfaced because Roundup caused non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in thousands of individuals who used the product. However, plaintiffs didn’t know of the dangers because of early expiration dates or sealed settlements.
Roundup users are diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a type of blood cancer. The symptoms are often vague and include fever, night sweats, weight loss, fatigue, pain in the abdomen or chest, shortness of breath, and swollen lymph nodes.
During the first lawsuit, Monsanto allegedly knew of the link between glyphosate and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma for decades. In fact, a Monsanto memo from December 29, 1999, states that “we do not conduct any meaningful investigations to determine whether our products have any anti-cancer activity.”
In 2002, up users claimed that Monsanto knew or should have known about the dangers of using Roundup, specifically linking it to cancer.
Roundup Products Currently on the Market
Currently, there are three types of Monsanto weed killer products available for consumers to purchase. These include home and garden, professional use only, and agricultural.
Home and Garden Roundup is sold in 40-ounce bottles with instructions to dilute 1 part concentrate with 9 parts water before applying. Professional Use Only Roundup is sold in 16-ounce bottles with instructions to mix 4 ounces with 1 gallon of water before applying.
Agricultural Roundup is sold in 128-ounce bottles mixed with water and applied by airplane or ground equipment such as tractors and boomers.
Applying the chemicals through agricultural methods have led to the exposure of farmworkers and neighboring communities, resulting in cases of:
- Non-Hodgkins lymphoma
- Chronic lymphocytic leukemia
- Burkitt lymphoma
- Small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL)
- Follicular lymphoma
- Mantle cell lymphoma (MCL)
- Hairy cell leukemia (HCL)
- Cutaneous T-cell lymphomas (mycosis fungoides and Sezary syndrome)
How Monsanto Lobbies Against Cancer Victims
It is very common for large corporations to intimidate plaintiffs filing glyphosate cancer lawsuits against them. In this respect, major companies such as Monsanto have successfully avoided trials by resolving cases through Roundup settlements.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer and you believe it may be related to exposure to Monsanto’s glyphosate-based Roundup, contact our firm for a free case review.
Our Roundup attorneys will discuss the facts of your claim and guide you through the legal process. We understand that filing cancer civil suits can be challenging.
Our glyphosate lawyers use their expertise to file lawsuits against Monsanto on behalf of victims who have been diagnosed with cancer.
We work hard for our clients, and we adhere to the practice of only taking cases that we believe in and ensuring we obtain maximum compensation for each client.
In addition, our Roundup attorneys will guide you through your litigation process and provide legal advice. Get started with a free case review.
Roundup Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Lawsuit FAQs
Below are some frequently asked questions regarding the Roundup litigation. Should you have additional questions regarding a potential cancer case, we encourage you to contact our office for a free consultation.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers is actively prosecuting Roundup cases on behalf of individuals and families from across the United States.
In June 2019, Bloomberg published an opinion article showing evidence that Roundup exposure risks were mounting, and federal regulators had turned a deaf ear toward the public health problem.
The journalist identified over 10,000 pending cancer lawsuits in state court, with more future Roundup claims to be heard in the years ahead.
A month earlier, Reuters reported that a California jury awarded two plaintiffs over $2 billion to resolve their cancer case where exposure left the couple with non-Hodgkins lymphoma cancer.
Monsanto denies that Roundup exposure causes cancer. Contact our law firm today for a free consultation related to you potential Roundup lawsuit.
What Kind of Cancer Does Roundup Cause?
In recent years, researchers found a correlation between Roundup and the development of Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, an often fatal disease of the immune system.
Researchers have correlated the use of Roundup in the suffocation of human cells under laboratory conditions. A report released by Scientific American found that “one of Roundup’s inert ingredients can kill human cells, particularly embryonic, placental, and umbilical cord cells.”
Will I get Lymphoma from Roundup?
For years, Monsanto, the manufacturer of Roundup, stated that the product’s active ingredient glyphosate is safe. However, a study released in November 2017 by the Journal of the National Cancer Institute showed a trend of using the product and the development of acute myeloid leukemia.
The WHO and the Environmental Protection Agency revealed the dangers of glyphosate products, including Roundup, as a “probable cause of cancer in humans.”
Do I Have a Viable Monsanto Roundup Lawsuit?
Yes, in theory, anyone who has developed Hodgkin’s lymphoma after using Roundup might have a case against the manufacturer. In addition, in a situation where a family member has died from an associated Roundup cancer, the deceased’s family may pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the corporation.
The number of pending cases against Bayer is alarming. Some studies have shown an increase in the chance of developing lymphoma with even limited exposure to Roundup.
If you have non-Hodgkins lymphoma and have used Roundup in the past, we can evaluate your case at no charge. Contact us now. We will confidentially discuss your Roundup cancer case with you and help you decide what your next steps should be, such as joining the pending multi-district litigation.
How Long Do I Have to File Roundup Lawsuits?
The time requirement (statute of limitations) to file a Roundup cancer lawsuit will depend on where you live and when you have been diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.
Were you or a family member diagnosed with either condition? If so, you should speak to a Roundup weed killer lawyer as soon as feasible so you can preserve your legal rights for compensatory damages by filing a Monsanto lawsuit.
Failure to comply with the applicable statute of limitations will forever bar your legal rights for recovery.
Did your family member die from complications after being exposed to Roundup? If so, you might also have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Contact a Roundup lawyer at our law office today for a free consultation to determine how the law applies to your situation.
Has Monsanto Settled Any Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Roundup Lawsuits?
In June 2020, Monsanto, a subsidiary of the German pharmaceutical and chemical maker Bayer, agreed to resolve tens of thousands of filed lawsuits for more than $10 billion.
Bayer also agreed to stop selling Roundup and other herbicides made with glyphosate in the United States by 2023 as a way of stemming future cases and lawsuits.
The Roundup settlement included twenty-five law firms involved in the complex settlement negotiations.
Groundskeepers and homeowners filed many of the lawsuits. Different plaintiffs received varying payments ranging from $5,000-$250,000 for their cancer lawsuits depending on their exposure levels and medical diagnosis.
In addition to a proposed global Roundup settlement, negotiations are underway to provide higher settlement compensation payouts for ongoing claims.
For example, Bayer has proposed allocating an additional $4.5 billion to provide for the resolution of future litigation of Roundup cancer lawsuits brought by people who may have a delayed diagnosis of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma or other cancers.
Let Our Roundup Cancer Lawsuits Team Help You with Your Case
If you or a loved one need more information about Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and Roundup use, please contact the personal injury lawsuit attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC today by calling 888-424-5757.
Your consultation is free. Our law office has years of experience prosecuting complex cases and is committed to protecting your legal rights during the Monsanto Roundup civil lawsuit, and is ready to serve as plaintiffs lawyers regardless of your location.
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We use the law to obtain maximum compensation for our clients to recover their medical bills, time away from work, hospitalization expenses, punitive damages, pain, and suffering.
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