Monsanto is facing dozens of lawsuits over the link between the herbicide Roundup and an increased risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Multiple studies have shown that exposure to glyphosate – the active herbicidal ingredient Roundup – has been associated with an increased risk of cancer, including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, multiple myeloma, hairy cell leukemia, and soft tissue sarcoma.
What is Glyphosate?
Roundup was developed by Monsanto in the 1970s and first placed on the market in 1974. Roundup and other products containing glyphosate are among the most widely used herbicides in the world. About 250 million pounds of glyphosate are sprayed on crops, nurseries, lawns, parks, and golf courses around the world each year.
As a result of the widespread proliferation of glyphosate herbicides, a cottage industry of genetically modified (“GMO”) crops designed to resist Roundup and other glyphosate – marketed as “Roundup Ready” – have been designed by Monsanto and other corporations. Monsanto is the world’s leading producer of “Roundup Ready” seeds. About 70% of corn and cotton fields and 90% of soybean fields in the U.S. contain “Roundup Ready” seeds produced by Monsanto or other corporations. Products containing glyphosate have been registered in more than 130 countries and approved for use on more than 100 commercial crops.
Roundup and other glyphosate products are broad-spectrum herbicides designed to kill weeds and grasses that may grow alongside commercial crops. The herbicide works by inhibiting the activity of an enzyme known as EPSP synthase. When liquid glyphosate is sprayed onto plants, it is absorbed directly through their leaves, stems, and roots, leading to a buildup of acids inside the plant that causes it to die. Plants that are “Roundup Ready” have been genetically modified to resist the effects of glyphosate.
Roundup Linked to Increased Cancer Risk
According to lawsuits filed against the company, Monsanto has known for decades about the potentially carcinogenic effects of exposure to Roundup and other glyphosate products. In 1985, the EPA’s Toxicology Branch published a memorandum stating that glyphosate could be carcinogenic to humans. Later studies also showed that exposure to glyphosate was associated with an increased risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and hairy cell leukemia.
Many researchers also believe that the formulations of glyphosate found in Monsanto’s Roundup products are more dangerous and toxic than glyphosate alone. Multiple studies have shown that humans and animals that are exposed to Roundup face additional health risks compared to those who are only exposed to glyphosate.
In March 2015, the World Health Organization announced that numerous studies had shown that Roundup and other glyphosate products were “probably carcinogenic to humans.” The WHO also stated that there was evidence linking glyphosate to an increased risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. According to the WHO report, glyphosate had been detected in food, water, and in the air around areas where the chemical had been sprayed. These studies and other findings about the carcinogenic effects of glyphosate have led numerous regulatory agencies around the globe to consider a ban of the use of Roundup and similar herbicides.
Roundup Lawsuit Filed Against Monsanto
Individuals who have been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, multiple myeloma, soft tissue sarcoma, or other types of cancer after being exposed to Roundup or glyphosate herbicides may be eligible to file a lawsuit against Monsanto. Evidence has shown that Monsanto continued to produce and market Roundup and genetically modified “Roundup Ready” seeds despite numerous studies warning of the carcinogenic effects of glyphosate. Despite numerous studies warning of the link between Roundup and cancer, Monsanto continues to maintain that there is no evidence regarding the carcinogenic effects of glyphosate.
Some of the Roundup products sold by Monsanto containing glyphosate that have been linked to an increased cancer risk include:
- Roundup Concentrate Poison Ivy and Tough Brush Killer 1
- Roundup Custom Herbicide
- Roundup D-Pak Herbicide
- Roundup Dry Concentrate
- Roundup Export Herbicide
- Roundup Fence & Hard Edger 1
- Roundup Garden Foam Weed & Grass Killer
- Roundup Grass and Weed Killer
- Roundup Herbicide
- Roundup Original 2k herbicide
- Roundup Original II Herbicide
- Roundup Pro Concentrate
- Roundup Prodry Herbicide
- Roundup Promax
- Roundup Quikpro Herbicide
- Roundup Quik Stik Grass and Weed Killer
- Roundup Rainfast Concentrate Weed & Grass Killer
- Roundup Rainfast Super Concentrate Weed & Grass Killer
- Roundup Ready-to-Use Extended Control Weed & Grass Killer 1 Plus Weed Preventer
- Roundup Ready-to-Use Weed & Grass Killer
- Roundup Ready-to-Use Weed and Grass Killer 2
- Roundup Ultra Dry
- Roundup Ultra Herbicide
- Roundup Ultramax
- Roundup VM Herbicide
- Roundup Weed & Grass Killer1 Ready-to-Use
- Roundup Weed & Grass Killer Concentrate
- Roundup Weed & Grass Killer Concentrate Plus
- Roundup Weed & Grass killer Ready-to-Use Plus
- Roundup Weed & Grass Killer Super Concentrate
- Roundup WSD Water Soluble Dry Herbicide Deploy Dry Herbicide
Farmers, gardeners, homeowners, groundskeepers, lawn care workers, and other plant growers who used any of these products and were diagnosed with cancer may be eligible to file a claim. The first step in taking legal action is to speak with an attorney who can advise you about your legal rights and guide you through the process of filing a claim.
The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have taken on some of the world’s largest corporations on behalf of our clients. Our firm has tried cases against pharmaceutical giants, major auto manufacturers, oil and chemical companies, and other multinational conglomerates. Heygood, Orr & Pearson has achieved verdicts and settlements on our clients’ behalf totaling hundreds of millions of dollars. Our attorneys believe that all individuals should have the right to experienced and professional legal counsel to ensure that their legal rights are fully protected in a court of law.
For more information about the lawsuits against Monsanto over Roundup and to find out if you may be eligible to file a claim, contact the lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001. You can also reach us by following the link to our free online case evaluation form and answering a few brief questions to get started.