2018 Roundup Lawsuit News: According to the latest update from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Roundup lawsuit trials are slated to begin in June 2018. If you have developed cancer as a result of exposure to Roundup, talk to a lawyer about your legal rights.
Popular weed killer Roundup, developed by Monsanto, has been on the market since the 1970s and is widely used by farmers and homeowners alike in over 160 countries. Over the past several years, however, Monsanto is now facing over 380 pending lawsuits because the product’s active ingredient glyphosate is believed to cause several types of cancer, including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
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Why are Roundup Lawsuits Being Filed?
Monsanto developed the herbicide glyphosate in 1970 to kill the weeds and grasses that compete with and harm crops. Farmers quickly began to use Roundup weed killer, with it becoming the most used herbicide in United State’s agriculture by 2007.
The product only increased in popularity when Monsanto introduced genetically modified seeds that were resistant to the herbicide, so farmers could spray the product all over without worrying about killing their crops. These Roundup Ready crops, including goods like corn, soybean and cotton, now account for over 270 million pounds of crops each year across millions of acres of farmland. Consumers of the product have noted that once committed to using Roundup, farmers must continue to use the product because other pesticides will then kill their crops.
Despite its fast growing popularity, Roundup has been called into question within the past several years. Thousands of Roundup users have begun to face a variety of serious diagnoses including all subtypes of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, b-cell lymphoma, leukemia and other forms of cancer that may be linked to the product’s use of glyphosate.
Does Roundup Cause Cancer?
There has been a lot of debate around the dangers of Roundup, specifically the herbicide glyphosate. Conflicting studies have been released around its safety, with Monsanto representatives arguing that most studies have not found a cancer risk from glyphosate exposure.
Many, however, look to a 2015 assessment of glyphosate released by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which falls under the World Health Organization (WHO). The agency’s evaluation explored the safety of five pesticides on the market, specifically working to determine if the agents could be considered carcinogenic. Through their investigation, the IARC labeled glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans,” or Group 2A. This category is determined for agents in which evidence available of carcinogenicity in humans is a bit limited at the time, but a positive link between the agent and cancer still exists.
Representatives of the IARC have adamantly stood by this evaluation, even speaking out as recently as February 2018 to defend their findings again. The agency said the monograph is a crucial first step for further research into glyphosate and other pesticides to better determine carcinogenicity and what levels of exposure specifically can be linked to these various types of cancer.
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In their own research, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) originally stated back in 1995 that glyphosate should be labeled as a probable human carcinogen. But in more recent years, the agency has changed its mind and argued that glyphosate isn’t carcinogenic and actually has low toxicity for humans as long as it is used according to the label directions.
In their most recent drafted assessment released in December 2017, the EPA went further to say that the pesticide also shows virtually no toxicity to animals, including birds, that encounter glyphosate in the natural environment. The pesticide won’t have their final review decision in place until 2019, while they conduct their own further research and evaluate other studies as well.
Despite the discrepancies between these two agencies, there have been many other medical studies observing the impact of glyphosate on farmers and other populations. These observed health risks have led to several countries, including Sri Lanka and Mexico, to outright ban its use or impose new stricter regulations on its use.
Potential Monsanto Coverup
Cancer victims and their families have filed lawsuits against Monsanto, claiming the company was aware of the dangers of glyphosate all along and didn’t properly warn consumers. Despite the many studies and IARC’s findings, Monsanto adamantly refutes claims that glyphosate and Roundup are harmful to health. But in recent lawsuits, lawyers discovered that Monsanto’s claims of safety may not be the full story.
In a recent Monsanto lawsuit, unsealed documents and emails emerged suggesting Monsanto had in fact ghostwritten several scientific papers to help ensure that glyphosate was found to be safe to use in the EPA’s evaluation of the herbicide. Roundup cancer lawyers found that company executives were working with a former EPA employee to refute claims that glyphosate was dangerous and try to squash an investigation into the agent.
Monsanto was allegedly made aware of the potential evaluation of the herbicide months ahead of time, enabling them to prepare for a full public relations attack against studies supporting a cancer link. Documents show Monsanto had two scientific papers ghostwritten and attributed to academics to disprove claims that glyphosate caused cancer. These documents were then used by the EPA to make a determination that glyphosate is not a carcinogen.
Roundup and Roundup Ready seeds made the company over $7 billion in 2017 alone, so making sure glyphosate isn’t labeled a carcinogen is a priority for Monsanto to maintain such high profits. Fortunately, cancer victims from exposure to the herbicide are now taking action to hold the company liable for its wrongdoings.
How Do I Qualify for a Roundup Lawsuit?
Anyone who has used Monsanto’s Roundup and later been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma or another form of cancer may be eligible to file a lawsuit. Surviving family members may also be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit against Monsanto, should their loved one have passed away as a result of their cancer. Talk to a lawyer about your legal rights and learn more about your eligibility.
Types of Roundup Lawsuits: Class Action and Multidistrict Litigation (MDL)
Hundreds of Roundup cancer lawsuits have been filed across the United States in the past few years. A Roundup class action lawsuit (Case No: BC-578-942) was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court against Monsanto’s false advertising that the products were safe to use. The lawsuit claims the company deliberately falsified documents and concealed information that glyphosate is dangerous to humans and environmental health.
Due to the growing number of lawsuits against these products, nationwide litigation has also been consolidated under MDL No. 2741 under U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria in the Northern District of California. There are over 380 lawsuits pending under the MDL, with the first trial in the Roundup litigation set for June 2018 in the Superior Court of the County of San Francisco. Roundup attorneys estimate there are well over 3,500 plaintiffs so far seeking legal action against the agricultural company, many of whom are agricultural workers.
Currently, the court is listening to expert testimony and arguments for and against Monsanto’s products in preparation for the first trial this summer.
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Do I Need a Roundup Lawyer?
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer after using Roundup, it’s important to be aware of your legal rights and seek the help of an experienced law firm. Monsanto makes huge profits each year just from Roundup, and is able to hire experienced lawyers to handle these claims on their behalf. Working with a legal team that knows how to handle the counterclaims and strategy of the defense is essential to receiving the compensation you deserve.
How Much Will a Roundup Lawyer Cost?
Many attorneys who specialize in this area of the law will provide a free case review to determine your eligibility and options, and will take on your case on a contingency basis. This means, you will only be required to pay your Roundup lawyer if they are able to receive a settlement or verdict on your behalf. You will not need to pay your lawyer any fees up front.
How Much Compensation Could I Receive?
Though there haven’t been any settlements or verdicts from Roundup lawsuits yet, victims may be eligible for compensation to help cover medical expenses, lost income, and for the pain and suffering caused by a cancer diagnosis.
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