Monsanto Roundup Lawsuit Attorney
The widespread use of Roundup allowed its agrochemical manufacturer, Monsanto, to dominate the market, but both have steadily fallen from grace. More than 1,500 lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturer for withholding safety warnings for the product, which has been linked to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. As a result of these lawsuits, Monsanto has been required to pay billions of dollars in compensation to victims and their families.
If you possibly developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma due to long-term use of Roundup, you may be eligible for compensation in a product liability claim. At Bottlinger Law L.L.C., our Omaha Roundup attorney can review your case in a free evaluation. If we can, we will determine how to get you compensation for your medical expenses and other damages. Monsanto misled numerous agricultural and landscape workers across the country and should be held accountable for their negligence. To get started on your case, call us at (402) 505-8234.
Roundup is a weed-killer manufactured and sold by agrochemical producer Monsanto, which is now owned and operated by Bayer. Roundup is one of the most popular herbicides in the United States, but it has also become the most infamous. The product’s active ingredient, glyphosate, has steadily developed a reputation as a potential carcinogen. 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. Unfortunately, Monsanto continues to sell Roundup and has yet to issue any warnings surrounding the product, despite losing multiple legal battles.
Since Bayer acquired Monsanto in June 2018, 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.
Over the past few years, Bayer has settled multiple major lawsuits regarding Roundup, with one case verdict reaching $2 billion before being reduced by an appeals court. Bayer is facing legal pressure to settle these cases due to juries’ potential to award hefty compensatory and punitive damages to victims. In August 2020, the company offered to settle current lawsuits with a $10.9 billion settlement, which was accepted in September 2020 and resolved over 1,500 lawsuits.
Most recently, in February 2021, Bayer proposed another bulk settlement -- a $2 billion program -- that would compensate agricultural workers who developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma due to Roundup use. It is not clear yet if this proposal will be accepted by the courts, as there are concerns about the rights of future claimants.
Currently, if you developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma due to exposure to Roundup, you are still eligible to file a lawsuit against Bayer for compensation.
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. This form of cancer develops in the lymphatic system and spreads through the bloodstream, negatively impacting the patient’s immune system. It is the sixth most common form of cancer in the United States and can be treated if diagnosed early. Later stages can prove fatal.
The most common symptoms for NHL include:
- Enlarged lymph nodes
- Weight loss
- Bone pain
- Chest pain
- Night sweats
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should speak to your physician. They may order a physical exam, blood test, imaging scans, and biopsies to determine if you have non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and what stage you are at. Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma can be treated with chemotherapy, radiation treatment, stem cell therapy, and medication, but it is important to catch it early.
Due to the high costs of cancer treatment, it is important to determine whether Roundup was a factor. Monsanto should be held responsible for not warning customers of the dangers of Roundup. A product liability claim may allow you to recover compensation to cover your medical bills, lost wages, lost earning potential, and other damages.
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 behind these cases. Previous juries have linked Monsanto’s Roundup to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, but you personally need the support of the medical community to secure compensation.
The various payouts made to Roundup plaintiffs can be attributed to their high medical costs, the negligence of the manufacturer, and a growing public distrust of the agrochemical giant. Following a successful claim, you could receive financial compensation to cover these items:
- Medical expenses
- Lost future earning potential
- Psychological and emotional damages
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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