The National Legal Battle Over Roundup Is Coming to Nebraska
In the last three years, there have been over 13,000 lawsuits filed against the agri-chemical giant Monsanto (now owned by Bayer) for the company’s failure to give proper warning to its customers about the potentially carcinogenic effects of Roundup, a popular weed-killer. In three groundbreaking trials in California, Monsanto was ultimately ordered to pay more than $2 billion in damages to a small set of victims. And now, Nebraska has been selected as the next state to see the battle over Roundup play out in the courtroom, setting the stage for a new wave of litigation.
The state of Nebraska became a prominent player in this nationwide battle. A third-generation farmer was first diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2012, and he suspected the cancer was caused by his extensive use of the herbicide. With Nebraska’s courts as the battleground over the dangers of Roundup, this case will go to trial in the near future.
Roundup’s Dangers: Fact or Fiction?
The debate surrounding glyphosate and its possible risks toward humans has a difficult history. Soon after Roundup was introduced to consumers, researchers began noticing a disturbing trend of certain types of cancers developing among farmers. In the following decades, there was a steadily increasing amount of studies that pointed toward glyphosate being carcinogenic.
On the other hand, there have also been a growing number of studies that say the exact opposite. In many cases, two organizations have looked at the same research and come to vastly different conclusions.
Most of the controversy, however, stems from the fact that organizations like the IARC and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) disagree about which studies should be treated as more important when developing their conclusions on the matter. For instance, the IARC placed a higher value on studies that were independent and heavily peer-reviewed, and 70% of these studies concluded that glyphosate can damage human cells in potentially carcinogenic ways. The EPA, on the other hand, prioritized industry-funded studies, 99% of which argued that glyphosate posed no risk to humans.
If You Suspect Roundup Harmed You, Talk to a Lawyer
Regardless the government and the corporations claiming Roundup is harmless, if you have been using this weed-killer for years and suffered health problems, it’s important to consult with an experienced attorney who understands product liability laws as soon as possible. Bottlinger Law L.L.C. is dedicated to helping all victims of dangerous or defective products receive the financial compensation they are rightfully owed. Contact us at (402) 505-8234 to learn more in a free consultation.
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