LEGAL ACTION UPDATE:
Three separate California juries have awarded one couple $2 Billion, one man $289 million and another man $80 million in their Roundup Weed Killer cases. Sadly, they both 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. Further, Roundup is not the only weed killer containing glyphosate. Accord, Honcho, Pondmaster, Protocol, Rascal, Roundup Pro and Roundup Ultra also use glyphosate as its main ingredient.
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 Verdicts
In the first Roundup case that went to trial, a unanimous jury recently awarded $289 million to Dewayne Johnson. A judge later reduced the award to $78 million. 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.
In a separate case, a federal jury decided on March 19, 2019, Roundup was a substantial factor in causing another California man’s non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer. This was the first case to be tried in federal court.
On May 14, 2019, a jury awarded a couple more than $2 billion to a couple, Alva and Alberta Pilliod, in their Roundup cases. The award included $55 million in compensatory damages to the couple and $2 billion in punitive damages. The jury out of Alameda County Superior Court in Oakland determined Bayer was liable for their non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma diagnosis.
Who is at Risk for NHL and Other cancers?
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.
How Do I Qualify?
When you call The Ruth Law Team, we will walk you through a series of questions to determine if we are able to assist you with your claim. At this time, we are looking into non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and its certain subtypes, including but not limited to:
- Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL)
- Follicular lymphoma
- Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)
- Small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL)
- Burkitt Lymphoma
- Lymphoplasmacytic Lymphoma (Waldenström Macroglobulinemia)
- Hairy cell leukemia (HCL)
- Mantle cell lymphoma
- Marginal zone B-cell lymphomas
- B-Lymphoblastic Lymphoma (LL)
- Peripheral T cell lymphomas (PTCL)
- Large Granular Lymphocytic Leukemia (LGL)
- Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL)
Rare types of NHL
- Extranodal Marginal Zone B-cell Lymphoma, mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT)
- Nodal marginal zone B-cell lymphoma
- Splenic marginal zone B-cell lymphoma
- Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma
- Mycosis Fungoides
- Sezary Syndrome
- Primary Central Nervous System Lymphoma
In addition to traditional Roundup, we are also investigating the development of certain cancers after use of the following glyphosate-based herbicides:
- Roundup and Roundup Pro
- Roundup Ultra
Contact a Roundup Weed Killer Attorney Today
If you were exposed to Roundup Weed Killer and were diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, 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 888-783-8378.
Learn more from our product liability attorneys on the cases we are investigating.