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One California couple has finally received restitution after winning a lawsuit against Monsanto, manufacturer of the herbicide Roundup. With their staggering payout of $2 billion, Alva and Alberta Pilliod are the recipients of the eighth-largest verdict ever seen in a product liability case. A jury in Oakland, California, deliberated for less than two days before returning with the judgment, believing that the couple’s use of Roundup for close to 30 years was a significant factor in their joint diagnoses of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The couple is set to receive an additional $55 million for medical expenses and emotional suffering.
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Bayer, the parent company of Monsanto, quickly released a statement saying, "Bayer is disappointed with the jury’s decision and will appeal the verdict of the case….” There’s no word yet on how successful Bayer might be with an appeal, as this is the third trial in California in the last year in which a jury ruled that Roundup can contribute to or cause cancer in people who use it.
Background on Roundup Lawsuits
It’s been less than a year since Bayer acquired Monsanto in June 2018, and the company has already been named as a defendant in more than 13,000 lawsuits. In two notable cases, one in August 2018 and the other in March 2019, the plaintiffs were awarded a combined total of more than $140 million after they were diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma following prolonged use of Roundup. The jury decided that Monsanto purposely failed to notify customers that Roundup could be toxic, according to The New York Times. Additional court documents alleged that Monsanto tried to influence the scientific research being done on its products through ghostwriting, bullying researchers, and scheming with regulating authorities.
Following the verdict of Alva and Alberta Pilliod v. Monsanto Co., the Pilliods’ lawyer stated in a press conference that "instead of investing in sound science, they [Monsanto] invested millions in attacking science that threatened their business agenda.”
While many groups in the scientific community believe that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, poses little to no risk of causing cancer in consumers, there is a growing body of evidence that says otherwise. In a systematic review and meta-analysis published in 2014 in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, researchers found that there were positive correlations between those who were exposed to organophosphorus insecticides (which includes glyphosate) and certain types of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. This was followed by an announcement in March 2015 by experts from the World Health Organization that glyphosate is "probably carcinogenic,” according to Nature. Furthermore, in January 2019, a court in France ruled that their regulatory organization, ANSES, failed to take seriously the safety concerns of glyphosate before they approved the product. As a result, all products containing glyphosate, including Roundup, were subsequently banned throughout France.
Regardless of whether glyphosate causes cancer in consumers, the clear consensus is that there will be legal repercussions if companies fail to properly warn their consumers about potential risks.
Symptoms of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is the name given to a group of blood cancers that affect lymphocytes, which are a type of white blood cell. The most common symptoms for NHL include:
- Enlarged lymph nodes
- Weight loss
- Bone pain
- Chest pain
- Night sweats
Between 1990 and 2010, the number of deaths due to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma have increased by nearly 70,000. Currently, we know of a handful of factors that can cause NHL, including:
- Epstein-Barr virus
- HIV infection
- Radiation therapy
- Some chemicals, including phenoxy herbicides (which are used to develop Agent Orange and some consumer-grade weed-killers)
Can I File A Claim Against Monsanto?
If you have a history of using Roundup, or other products containing glyphosate that were produced by Monsanto, and you’ve been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, you may be able to pursue a claim. Thousands of victims have accused Monsanto of promoting glyphosate-containing products as "entirely safe” despite knowing that they’ve been linked to some forms of cancer. In order to win your product liability case, you need to prove that the manufacturer failed to notify consumers of its product’s risks, even potential ones. To do that, you’ll need the aid of an attorney who has handled mass torts and knows the science.
What Compensation Could I Receive?
The payout received by the Pilliods was thanks to a combination of the couple’s high medical costs, and a growing public distrust of the agrochemical giant, as reflected by the outcomes of the two previous trials. Following a successful claim, you could receive financial compensation to cover these items:
- Medical expenses
- Lost future earning potential
- Psychological and emotional damages
How Can I Get Started?
If you are the victim of a defective product, or if you suspect a manufacturer has not properly notified you of a product’s potential risks, then the experienced product liability lawyer at Bottlinger Law L.L.C. is here to help. Our team will sit down with you to go over the unique aspects of your case and determine the best legal strategy. Call our Omaha office today at (402) 505-8234 to learn more about how you can protect your future. Your consultation is free, and we take these cases on a contingency fee basis, which means no upfront costs for you. We win if and when you win.
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