A California jury has awarded a man $289 million in his Roundup Weed Killer case. Sadly, he developed non-Hodgkin’s cancer after years of Roundup use.

The Ruth Law Team is investigating cases involving Roundup Weed Killer and the diagnosis of non-Hodgkins lymphoma (NHL). The lawsuits allege Monsanto, the agricultural company producing Roundup, knew about the risk for cancer yet failed to warn consumers. Unfortunately, this is something we see all too often in product liability cases.

What is Roundup Weed Killer?

Developed in 1970, Roundup Weed Killer is the most widely used herbicide in the world. The main ingredient in the weed killer made is glyphosate. In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) published research indicating glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic to humans,” meaning it probably causes cancer. Of course, Monsanto denies these claims that Roundup causes cancer. 

Does Roundup Cause Cancer?

A study published in February of 2019 concluded glyphosate used in herbicide raises the risk of cancer after exposure by 41%. Researchers from the University of Washington included the most recent update of the Agricultural Health Study cohort along with five case-control studies. The researcher’s study “suggests a compelling link” between glyphosate-based herbicides and an increased risk for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Furthermore, a California jury awarded a man close to $290 million after he alleged Roundup caused his NHL cancer.

Recent Roundup Verdict

In the first Roundup case that went to trial, a unanimous jury recently awarded $289 million to Dewayne Johnson. The California man alleged that contact with the weed killer caused his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. It was his burden to prove that Roundup was a “substantial contributing factor” to his cancer. After three days of deliberation, the jury agreed that Roundup contributed to his terminal cancer, and that Monsanto should have placed a warning label of the potential hazard on the chemical. Around 4,000 other cases with similar allegations are currently filed across the United States.

Mr. Johnson used Roundup Weed Killer at his job as a school groundskeeper. He testified that while spraying large quantities, the product would cover his face while windy outside. At one point, a hose broke and covered his body with the chemicals. Now, he suffers from lesions throughout his body. On some days, he is unable to speak. Monsanto plans to appeal the decision, which will be costly moving forward.

Who is at Risk for NHL?

Commercial farmers, professional landscapers and those who have served time in the military may be at a higher risk for developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma if they used Roundup. Additionally, homeowners or other property owners who spray or have sprayed Roundup to kill weeds around a property could be at risk.  If you have come into contact with Roundup weed killer and subsequently developed NHL, consider contacting an attorney who handles Roundup cases.

Contact a Roundup Weed Killer Attorney Today

If you were exposed to Roundup Weed Killer and were diagnosed with cancer, contact the experienced lawyers at The Ruth Law Team. We represent people across the nation. Our attorneys have a great trial record and are actively taking Roundup cases nationwide. We can be reached day or night at 888-783-3878.

Learn more from our product liability attorneys on the cases we are investigating.