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1. What is RoundUp Made Of?

RoundUp is an herbicide (weed killer) that consists of the active chemical ingredient glyphosate, along with other inert ingredients such as water, ethoxylated tallowamine, isopropylamine and polyoxyethylene alkylamine.

Glyphosate was discovered by scientists for Monsanto in 1970 and registered in the United States in 1974. The company held the exclusive patent to sell glyphosate-based herbicides until it expired in 2000. However, they are still the market leader in glyphosate-based herbicides.

Glyphosate-based herbicides like RoundUp are the most widely used pesticides in the world, and their use has increased 100-fold since they were first introduced in 1974. In fact, the company has now engineered crop seeds that are resistant to their product so that more of it can be used on entire crops, instead of just the weeds.

2. What are the Health Risks of RoundUp and Glyphosate?

Monsanto has routinely claimed RoundUp is non-toxic, even comparing it to table salt in some advertisements. And, even though the EPA initially classified glyphosate as a carcinogen (causing cancer) in 1985, it unexpectedly re-classified it as safe in 1991.

However, the EPA’s current position is based primarily on outdated studies that are unpublished, lacking peer-review, and subject to influence by the chemical industry.

Now, a growing amount of scientific data suggests glyphosate may be linked with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

A 2001 study of Canadian farmers found a link between glyphosate and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. An article studying farmworkers in 2003 also noted an increasing occurrence of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in those exposed to glyphosate.

In 2008, a study from Sweden concluded exposure to glyphosate could double the risk of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Then, in March of 2015, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) concluded a comprehensive review of published, independent research identifying glyphosate as a “probable human carcinogen.”

Since then, a 2016 study linked RoundUp with liver disease; a French study that same year found the inactive ingredients of RoundUp to also be toxic, and a panel of experts in 2017 called for new studies into the toxicity of glyphosate based on its rising use and exposure by humans.

3. What is Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma?

Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) is a fairly common type of cancer that originates in white blood cells of the immune system called lymphocytes. Since the lymphatic system transports fluid around the body, this also causes NHL to spread quickly.

Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is diagnosed in approximately 75,000 new patients each year and around 20,000 die from the disease annually.

Lymphatic tissue is found in most areas of the body, which can make it difficult to treat some types of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. However, most treatment regimens include one or more of the following:

  • Radiation therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Surgery
  • Immunotherapy
  • Targeted therapy
  • Stem cell transplant

In some cases, patients may also qualify for experimental treatments through new clinical trials.

4. Why are People Suing the Maker of RoundUp?

In addition to Monsanto continuing to sell RoundUp, a product that may cause cancer, for decades, the company faces liability for a number of other reasons.

The company has already been charged with falsely marketed RoundUp as harmless. Now, recently unsealed internal documents also suggest they attempted to influence studies to show it as safe and colluded with government officials to bury health concerns.

As early as 1985, concerns were raised that RoundUp may be linked to cancer. However, Monsanto continued marketing it as “safer than table salt” and “practically non-toxic.” In fact, the Attorney General for the state of New York filed a lawsuit against the company in 1996 for these misleading advertisements.

Prior to the release of the IARC report in 2015 that would bring worldwide attention to RoundUp’s cancer risks, company executives discussed funding their own studies arguing it was safe. In fact, they even anticipated writing the studies themselves and paying scientists to sign off on them!

Finally, and perhaps most unsettling, are internal Monsanto documents showing conversations between executives and the EPA’s Cancer Assessment Review Committee chairman Jess Rowland in which Rowland suggested he would try to “kill” any concerns over RoundUp cancer.

5. Which People Qualify for a RoundUp Lawsuit?

Anyone diagnosed with lymphoma or a similar cancer after repeated use of herbicide products containing glyphosate, including consumer and commercial versions of RoundUp, may qualify for a lawsuit and should learn about their options for compensation.

Some of the people who are most at risk include:

  • Agricultural workers
  • Farmers
  • Golf course attendants and greenskeepers
  • Gardeners
  • Nursery workers
  • Landscapers

Reports have noted an increased occurrence of certain cancers in these professions, including non-Hodgkin’s and Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Leukemia and Multiple Myeloma.

If you or a family member have been affected, it is important to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible before your rights expire.

6. How Much are RoundUp Lawsuits Worth?

Lawsuits against Monsanto for lymphoma cancers related to RoundUp are fairly new and haven’t been awarded any verdicts or settlements so far. Therefore, it’s difficult to estimate a value.

However, the company has been sued for cancer related to other products. This year, Monsanto was ordered to pay $46.5 million to three different people who developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after being exposed to chlorine-based coolant fluids called PCBs made by the company.

Lawyers point to this verdict as a possible indicator of future liability for RoundUp.

According to a study by the National Institutes of Health, the treatment costs alone for NHL can approach $100,000, without even accounting for pain, suffering, lost wages, and lost time for family members. Add in the risk of patient death and possible compensatory and punitive damages, and the value of a RoundUp lymphoma lawsuit can easily reach into the millions.

7. Is there a RoundUp Class Action Lawsuit?

No. Instead of one large class action lawsuit that acts on behalf of numerous claimants, RoundUp lawsuits are filed individually. However, they’ve been consolidated together in certain courts for quicker handling and easier sharing of evidence.

This system, called multidistrict litigation, allows plaintiffs to maintain more control over their lymphoma case and select which attorney they want to use. They can also make important decisions about settlement and don’t have to share their award with other participants.

8. How Long do I have to file a Lawsuit? Does it Cost Anything?

The time period you have to file a lawsuit, called a Statute of Limitations, differs from state to state. It can be based on when you were exposed to the danger, when you became ill, or when you discovered that your illness may be linked to RoundUp use. In order to find out exactly how long you have to file a lawsuit, you should talk with a lawyer.

Fortunately for those already enduring the pain of lymphoma, it costs nothing to investigate or file your case. Your lawyer is only paid and you only owe costs if you receive compensation. This is known as contingency attorney’s fees and costs.

Starting the process is easy. By contacting DrugNews, you can speak directly with a lawyer today at no cost to learn your options and decide if you’d like to proceed. Then, your law firm will come to you and collect all necessary evidence for you.

A detailed look

Monsanto & RoundUp Lawsuits
Estate of Jerry Plagge v. Monsanto Company — Case No. N17C-04-172 VLM (Delaware Superior Court)

This case was filed recently by the widow of Jerry LaVern Plagge, a farmer from Iowa who used RoundUp from 1974 until 2015. He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and passed away from the disease in April 2015.

Estate of Robert Cochran v. Monsanto Company — Case No. 3:17-cv-00293-DRH-SCW (US District Court S. Dist. Illinois)

This lawsuit was filed in 2017 by Misty Hill, the widow of Robert Cochran, who passed away from a form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in July 2016. Although not a farmer, Mr. Cochran was exposed to RoundUp for almost 10 years as it was sprayed in the corn and bean fields surrounding his home in Clay, Illinois. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2012.

Beyond Pesticides, et al v Monsanto Company (Superior Court of the District of Columbia)

This 2017 lawsuit was filed by two consumer groups claiming Monsanto fraudulently mislabeled RoundUp to indicate it only affects an enzyme found in plants. However, plaintiffs argue that the enzyme is clearly found in humans and pets, putting our food supply and millions of consumers at risk.

MDL 2741 - IN RE: Roundup Products Liability Litigation

On October 3, 2016, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation entered an order creating a federal multidistrict litigation court in the Northern District of California under US District Judge Vince Chhabria for all RoundUp cases filed in federal courts.

The case is known as MDL 2741 - IN RE: Roundup Products Liability Litigation. So far, more than 800 victims have filed lawsuits in this and other courts designated for RoundUp litigation.

State of New York v. Monsanto Company

In 1996 the New York State Attorney General filed a criminal lawsuit against Monsanto, alleging they conducted false and deceptive marketing of RoundUp by labeling the product “practically non-toxic” and “safer than table salt.”

ROUNDUP LAWSUITS: BY THE NUMBERS

CASES FILED SO FAR ALLEGING ROUNDUP CAUSED NON-HODGKIN’S LYMPHOMA - 800 CASES
ANNUAL DEATHS FROM NON-HODGKIN’S LYMPHOMA - 20,000 DEATHS
ESTIMATED COST OF TREATMENT FOR NON-HODGKIN’S LYMPHOMA - $100,000
AMOUNT AWARDED TO 3 LYMPHOMA VICTIMS FROM MONSANTO’S PCB CHEMICALS - $46.5 MILLION

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The Timeline

RoundUp Glyphosate Litigation Update
1974

Monsato registers a patent for the exclusive use of glyphosate, which is marketed as RoundUp.

1984

Monsanto, along with other chemical companies who made the nerve gas Agent Orange agree to pay $180 million to veterans alleging serious health problems in order to resolve years of litigation.

1985

The EPA initially classifies glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, as a carcinogen (causing cancer). However, the agency changes their position in 1991.

1996

New York State Attorney General files suit against Monsanto, charging that their marketing of RoundUp in the state as “safer than table salt” and “practically non-toxic” is false and misleading.

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FEB 2015

In anticipation of IARC report linking RoundUp to cancer, Monsanto executives discuss funding their own studies to refute the claims, even suggesting they write the studies themselves and have scientists sign off on them.

20
MAR 2015

The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) publishes a wide-ranging review of independent studies, concluding that glyphosate in RoundUp “probably” contributes to cancer in humans.

28
APR 2015

Internal Monsanto documents ordered unsealed by a federal judge show a conversation between company executives and EPA Cancer Assessment Review Committee chairman Jess Rowland about rising cancer concerns for RoundUp, in which Rowland states “If I can kill this I should get a medal.”

26
FEB 2016

A study from France concludes that the inert (inactive) ingredients contained in RoundUp are also toxic, even when not combined with glyphosate.

3
OCT 2016

Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation consolidates federal cases alleging lymphoma from RoundUp to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California under Judge Vince Chhabria. The case is known as MDL 2741 - IN RE: Roundup Products Liability Litigation.

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MAR 2017

US District Judge Vince Chhabria orders the disclosure of sealed Internal Monsanto documents from 2015 showing the company’s attempts to influence health warnings and collude with members of the EPA to bury cancer concerns for RoundUp.

20
MAR 2017

Panel of 14 health and chemical experts pens essay to the Journal of Epidemiology and Human Health calling for new studies on the health risks of glyphosate since its use and chances of human exposure have skyrocketed.

Who Is the Right RoundUp Cancer Lawyer for Your Case?

For years, lawyers have identified the need to take action on behalf of those afflicted with lymphoma after repeated exposure to RoundUp. However, Monsanto is considered one of the shrewdest, most well-funded and politically connected organizations in the world.

Now, as growing scientific data and evidence of data tampering and political collusion come to light, those affected by RoundUp cancer may finally be able to recover compensation. However, it is still very important to choose the right lawyer for these challenging cases.

First, it is essential to choose a law firm with the resources necessary to fight such a powerful company, and the experience to handle complex chemical injury cases.

Although a local firm may be best for some cases, they often aren’t best suited to handle protracted, specialized cases in nationally consolidated federal multidistrict litigation courts.

The best lawyer for your case may be in a different state, however, they will offer to come to you for meetings, and will take care of collecting all evidence and appearing on your behalf. So, chances are you will never have to leave your home.

Your lawyer should also keep you up to date on the progress of your case, even though it may take a year or so to reach conclusion.

Above all, you should never have to pay to speak with a lawyer or file a case for RoundUp lymphoma, unless your lawyer gets compensation for you.

DrugNews works only with lawyers and law firms that have handled thousands of chemical and drug-related cancer cases against powerful opponents. And, by contacting us, we can have you talking to a lawyer today at no cost.

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