Monsanto Roundup weed killer may be a carcinogen that can cause cancer. If you have non-Hodgkin lymphoma and another type of cancer and have been using this product, you may be eligible to bring a lawsuit for money damages for the needless harm that has been done to you. Call Miller & Zois at 800-553-8082 or get a free, no obligation online case review.What is Roundup?
Roundup is the most widely-used herbicide in the world as a weed-killer. It is used on lawns, gardens, parks, playgrounds, and more. More than $6 billion in revenue is generated every year for its manufacturer, Monsanto. Over 250 million pounds is sprayed each year. Yet, in 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared it a "probable human carcinogen" due to the ingredient glyphosate.Side Effects from Use
The most serious side effect from the exposure to glyphosate is cancer - non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (NHL), Leukemia, B-cell lymphoma, and multiple myeloma. Farm workers are said to be the most at-risk class for developing NHL, which is a cancer that can start anywhere in the body from white blood cells in the immune system.
Symptoms include anemia, chest pain, enlarged lymph nodes, and shortness of breath. Garden center employees are most at risk for developing leukemia after exposure, and symptoms of leukemia include chills, bleeding or easy bruising, fatigue, fever, severe infections, and recurring nose bleedings. Those at high risk for developing B-cell lymphoma are nursery employees, and the symptoms can include chills, an enlarged spleen, night sweats, pain/swelling in the head, and fever.
Certainly, anyone using this product is potentially at risk. But landscapers, gardeners, and farmers are most likely to have the most significant exposure to these pesticides.Research
In September 2003, researchers conducted a study of 3,400 farm workers in the Midwest. The Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine published an article, finding that higher rates of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma are associated with glyphosate exposure.
A research article published by the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health focuses on systematic reviews and analysis of over 30 years of research on the relationship between NHL and occupational exposure to agricultural pesticide. It found a "striking increase" in the incidence of non-Hodgkin lymphomas in the last 30 years. Further, the article finds that farmers tend to have low overall mortality rates but high rates of some cancers, which the agrochemical exposure may explain. Most importantly, it confirms that glyphosate exposure in particular is positively associated with a common sub-type of NHL, B-cell lymphoma.
In 2015, a report from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a division of the WHO, finds glyphosate to be "probably carcinogenic" and causing cancer in lab tests on animals and damage to DNA in human cells. Now keep in mind that source here. This is the WHO. It is not some plaintiffs' lawyers with a financial incentive to blame these pesticides for cancer. The WHO is one of the most respected health organizations in the world.
In response to this, Monsanto has trotted out Dr. Donna Farmer to the media. Dr. Farmer has studied chemicals at Monsanto for over 20 years. She disagrees with these new findings of a cancer risk and says that the chemical is safe (or at least there is no data to support an association) . She accuses WHO of cherry picking the data and interpreting studies differently than researchers who actually did the study. Dr. Farmer says that glyphosate targets a specific enzyme in plants, which humans and animals don't have. Her long-term study shows that the chemical doesn't cause cancer. Jurors will eventually need to decide whether Dr. Farmer or whether they believe these scientists that are claiming these pesticides cause.
The Environmental Protection Agency is currently in the process of evaluating glyphosate, as part of the standard procedure for chemicals every 15 years. There have also been regulation concerns about Roundup, including a bill introduced in Hawaii to ban it from public roads and parks. A bill passed in France banning it from home-gardening centers. There has also been a declaration by Denmark's Working Environmental Authority warning gardeners not to use it to control weeds. Time will tell but these actions appear to presage to a new movement to restrain the use of these pesticides for the public health.Status of Roundup Lawsuits
In April 2015, a class action lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles, accusing Monsanto of false advertising for its claim that Roundup is harmless to human health. An individual claim was filed in October 2015 in Delaware, for three plaintiffs, and more claims in New York and California.
Also in April, a federal judge in California refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a man who blamed Roundup for his non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. His lawsuit alleges that he used Roundup to kill weeds and poison oak and that Monsanto failed to warn that glyphosate is a known human carcinogen. This lawsuit will open the door to more suits against Roundup if the history of mass tort litigation is any guide.
In May 2016, 3 Nebraska farmers and an agronomist were diagnosed with cancer and sue Monsanto over Roundup. They claim that Monsanto misled consumers about the chemical's safety and that they developed cancer because of it. They further allege that Monsanto "concealed or systematically sought to discredit" the dangers of the product.
To be fair, Monsanto consistently defends itself by claiming that the product is safe for people. They have fought against being required to put cancer warnings on their products since the 1980's. There is no question that there is more research to be done to solidify the HMO's opinion. The Environmental Protection Agency should have its report out by the end of 2016 that may also be very instructive. But, clearly, the position that these pesticides are becoming harder and harder to defend.
About a dozen lawsuits have been filed against Monsanto and its partners by farm-workers. If compensation is awarded to one victim, it is foreseeable that many more will file a claim. Since the 1970's, millions of agricultural workers have been exposed to Roundup, and further, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is one of the most common cancers according to the American Cancer Society.Is There an MDL Roundup Class Action Lawsuit?
In August 2016, Monsanto asked a federal judge to centralize 21 Roundup suits into a Multi-District Litigation (MDL) in Illinois. An MDL would be a huge step forward to finding out what Monsanto knew about these risks over the years because it would allow victims' attorneys to pull their resources to further investigate these cases. A class action MDL would also make it easier for victims to file lawsuits and participate in future settlements, often with minimal effort required on behalf of the claimants.Getting a Lawyer to Help You
If you or a loved one has suffered serious side effects these pesticides, call us today at 800-553-8082 or get a free, no obligation online case review.