Monsanto Roundup Lawsuit

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The company Monsanto invented the herbicide glyphosate and brought it to the market in 1974 as the active ingredient in their trademarked product Roundup.  In the late 90's its use skyrocketed after seeds were genetically modified (GMO) to tolerate the chemical.  Because these seeds produce plants that are not killed by glyphosate, farmers can apply the weed killer to entire fields without worrying about destroying crops.  Between 1987 and 2012,  U.S. farm use grew from less than 11 million pounds to nearly 300 million pounds annually.  It is now used in more than 160 countries, with more than 1.4 billion pounds applied per year.  Glyphosate is the most heavily used herbicide on earth.

In recent years, Monsanto’s chemical glyphosate as well as Roundup have been the target of lawsuits as studies have linked exposure to these chemicals to many health problems.  Some of these include non-Hodgkins lymphoma and other forms of cancer, ADHD, Alzheimer’s disease, birth defects, heart disease, reproductive problems, chronic kidney disease, and autism. 

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a medical term used to describe a group of similar cancers, which attack the lymphatic system.  Also known as NHL or non-Hodgkins disease, the condition includes a number of different sub-types of lymphoma, with varying degrees of aggressiveness.  Non-Hodgkin lymphoma attacks the lymphatic system when lymphocytes, white blood cells that are part of the immune system, become cancerous.  It can develop in any part of the lymphatic system, such as lymph nodes, the spleen, in bone marrow, or the digestive tract.        


Symptoms of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma from Roundup may include:  
■ Lymph Node Enlargement
■ Swollen Abdomen
■ Chest Pain
■ Difficulty Breathing or Shortness of Breath
■ Fever, Fatigue, Anemia or Tired Feelings
■ Sudden Weight Loss

The majority of people effected have been farm workers and gardeners who were exposed to Roundup on a regular basis for a prolonged period of time.  House to house surveys of 65,000 people in farming communities in Argentina, where roundup is used(known as fumigated towns) found cancer rates 2 to 4 times higher than the national average.  In a comparison of 2 villages, 31% of residents had a family member with cancer where roundup was sprayed versus 3% of residents in a ranching village without spraying.  Research has existed for years that suggests farm workers and others may face a risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma from glyphosate with no warnings issued from Monsanto.
A 2015 decision by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen.  A carcinogen is any substance, radionuclide, or radiation that promotes carcinogenesis, the formation of cancer.  IARC said research showed an association between non-Hodgkin lymphoma and glyphosate, with limited evidence from epidemiology data collected on humans and stronger evidence seen in laboratory animals exposed to glyphosate.  In March of 2017, the California Environmental Protection Agency became the first agency to declare glyphosate as a “known human carcinogen” under the state’s Proposition 65.


Laird, Baker and Blackstock is currently evaluating cases for potential claims against the manufacturer of Roundup.   If you or someone you love have experienced any of these side effects from long-term exposure to Roundup or the chemical glyphosate, call our office or click the link below to schedule a free consultation.   There is not a fee unless we recover.