The State of California has announced that it will add glyphosate – the main ingredient in the pesticide Roundup – to a list of chemicals that it believes cause cancer. Starting next year, Roundup and other products containing glyphosate that are sold in California will be forced to carry a warning label about their cancer risk.
Roundup and other pesticides containing glyphosate are sprayed on more than 200 different kinds of crops on 4 million acres of farm land in the state of California. Roundup and other glyphosate pesticides are also widely use across the U.S. and around the world, making the chemical among the most widely used herbicides on the planet.
Under the new California rules regarding Roundup, Monsanto and other companies that manufacture glyphosate will be required to add warnings to Roundup and other herbicides they are “known to the state of California to cause cancer and birth defects and other reproductive harm.” However, California’s new glyphosate rules won’t keep the chemical from being sprayed or sold in the state. California’s Proposition 65, under which the new rules were enacted, does not control how chemicals are used.
California’s Environmental Protection Agency began the process of designating glyphosate as a carcinogen nearly two years ago. Monsanto filed a lawsuit in order to stop the cancer designation for Roundup, accusing the California EPA of “cherry-picking” data. After a state Superior Court judge ruled against Monsanto in March, the California EPA was able to proceed with designating glyphosate as a cancer-causing chemical.
Roundup Linked to Cancer and Lymphoma
In 2015, the World Health Organization reported that Roundup and other products that contain glyphosate were likely carcinogens. Although a United Nations report later found that glyphosate did not cause cancer, critics has raised questions about the scientific validity of these findings. Court documents that were made public earlier this year showed that Monsanto employees had ghostwritten articles about the safety of Roundup that were published under the names of leading researchers.
Roundup and other glyphosate products are used in dozens of countries around the world. Monsanto has developed genetically-engineered “Roundup ready” seeds that are resistant to the herbicidal effects of the chemical.
However, the widespread use of Roundup and glyphosate chemicals has also led to new questions about the safety of the herbicide. In addition to the potential increased cancer risk, studies have also suggested that glyphosate may increase the risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma for individuals who are exposed to the chemical.
Lawsuits Filed Against Monsanto Over Roundup
If you or a loved one were diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma or other cancers after being exposed to Roundup or other herbicides containing glyphosate, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit. The first step in taking legal action is to speak with an attorney who can advise you regarding your legal rights and guide you through the first steps of filing a claim.
The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have the experience and dedication to handle personal injury and product liability cases against the chemical industry or other corporations from start to finish. In many instances, our firm invested hundreds of thousands of dollars on behalf of our clients in order to take a case to trial on their behalf.
At Heygood, Orr & Pearson, we are committed to achieving justice for our clients, whatever the cost. Our lawyers have filed hundreds of lawsuits involving personal injury, product liability, dangerous drugs or medical devices, commercial claims, and other legal matters on behalf of our clients. The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have achieved verdicts and settlements for our clients totaling more than $200 million—including settlements of over $50 million in one year alone.
For more information about filing a lawsuit over non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma or other cancers caused by exposure to Roundup and other glyphosates, contact the lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson for a free legal consultation. You can reach us by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001, or by following the link to our free case evaluation form and answering a few questions about your case to get started.