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Have you or a loved one experienced injuries due to Monsanto’s Roundup Herbicide?
Filing a lawsuit against companies that have failed to protect public safety is an important safeguard in making sure the wrongdoings stop.
Monsanto needs to be held accountable for what it knew about the cancer risks of Roundup. If you or a loved one were diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, you may be eligible to get compensation for your injuries.
What is Roundup?
Roundup is an herbicide that contains the main ingredient glyphosate. It was discovered by a chemist working for Monsanto in 1970 and was brought to market under the Roundup name in 1974.
The herbicide was marketed as a safe weed killer and killed nearly every weed it was sprayed on. It became increasingly popular over the years. By 1994, Farm Chemicals Magazine named Roundup one of the “Top Ten Products that Changed the Face of Agriculture.”
Monsanto’s patents expired on the formulation for Roundup in the ‘90s and early ‘00s. Since then, many companies have also adopted the use of glyphosate in their products.
Background of Roundup Lawsuits
Roundup recently claimed the title as the most heavily-used agricultural chemical in the history of the world. Since the herbicide was first introduced by Monsanto in 1974, millions of tons of Roundup have been sprayed onto fields to keep weeds at bay.
But, more organizations and countries around the world are beginning to question the safety of the main ingredient in Roundup known as glyphosate. Several studies over the years have connected the compound to the development of cancers like Non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Now, thousands of people who have been exposed to the weed killer and developed Non-Hodgkin lymphoma are filing lawsuits against the maker of Roundup over a failure to warn about the potential risks. Although litigation is still making its way through the courts, new evidence continues to trickle out about how Monsanto may have covered up the risks of Roundup.
If you or a loved one developed cancer after using Roundup, we want to help. You may be eligible to file a lawsuit against Monsanto and distributor Scotts Miracle-Gro for failing to warn consumers about the risk of cancer. Contact one of our experienced attorneys to find out what we can do for you.
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How Does Roundup Work?
Glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup, is a nonselective herbicide used to kill weeds. It will kill nearly every type of plant, making it more effective for spot weed control and not for general application.
Roundup inhibits a specific enzyme in plants called EPSP synthase. Plants use the enzyme to grow, so by interfering with its natural process, Roundup kills the plant at its roots. Roundup is absorbed by the plants through the leaves and shoots. That’s why it only works when weeds have already sprouted.
Monsanto has genetically engineered certain crops like soybeans and corn that are resistant to Roundup, allowing farmers to spray fields for weeds without affecting crops.
Studies Connect Roundup with Cancer
Even though Monsanto marketed Roundup as a weed killer safe for people and animals, studies published in scientific journals began linking the popular herbicide with types of cancers.
One of the earliest studies linking Roundup to cancer was published in the Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention in 2001. The study looked at a group of men in Canada who developed Non-Hodgkin lymphoma and found glyphosate demonstrated a dose-response relationship.
Another study from 2009 looked at thousands of men in the midwestern United States who had Non-Hodgkin lymphoma to see whether the use of pesticides was a risk factor. It found glyphosate and other chemicals were associated with an increased risk of Non-Hodgkin lymphoma incidence.
Finally, a study of people living in Sweden in 2008 found exposure to glyphosate doubled the risk of developing Non-Hodgkin lymphoma within 10 years.
Roundup Lawsuits Filed by Thousands
After the report from IARC came out in 2015, farmers who were exposed to Roundup and developed NHL began filing lawsuits against Monsanto and Scotts Miracle-Gro over claims that the company knew there was a risk of cancer but did not warn consumers.
In one case, Yolanda Mendoza was diagnosed with NHL and treated with intense chemotherapy. She blames Roundup, which she used to spray her one-acre property once a week with a backpack sprayer, for her illness.
Christine Sheppard is another alleged victim of Roundup. After being diagnosed with NHL, she underwent grueling chemotherapy treatments that have left her increasingly immobile. It wasn’t until she heard years later that it may be connected to Roundup. She had sprayed the herbicide on her coffee farm in Hawaii for five years.
Mendoza and Sheppard are just two examples of more than a thousand people suing Monsanto and Scotts Miracle-Gro in state and federal courts.
In a different type of lawsuit, six consumers filed a complaint in June 2017 in Wisconsin alleging that Roundup was falsely promoted as safe. Although none of the plaintiffs claimed physical injury, they say the companies violated business practice laws.
Roundup Lawsuits Reveal Monsanto Scientific Manipulation
With the cases against Monsanto making their way through the court system, more documents are coming out about what Monsanto knew about the risks associated with Roundup.
In March 2017, hundreds of pages of emails and other records as part of discovery became public. Some of the documents indicate that Monsanto may have participated in troubling practices to show Roundup was safe. This includes ghostwriting a manuscript that would have appeared to be authored by a respected scientist.
Other records showed that a senior official with the EPA may have worked with Monsanto to block a review of glyphosate. He was also part of an EPA committee that backed the safety of glyphosate in 2016.
More information about what Monsanto knew is expected to keep coming out as the lawsuits advance.
File a Roundup Lawsuit Today
If you or a loved one have suffered cancer as a result of Roundup, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact our firm today via the web form or by phone to receive a free case evaluation. Our Roundup attorneys are waiting to help you.
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