Beasley Allen is proudly representing a Montgomery County, Alabama, resident who developed Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma as a result of years of Roundup exposure, both commercially throughout his career and in personal home use. The lawsuit was filed against Monsanto, which has already faced three consecutive Plaintiff verdicts in the first three national Roundup trials in the Circuit Court of Montgomery County, Alabama.
For nearly 40 years, farmers throughout the world have used Roundup with no knowledge of the dangers its use poses. Furthermore, Monsanto, the maker of the popular weed killer, has failed to place a warning label on its product informing the consumer that the product contains carcinogenic properties, in particular the chemical glyphosate. Last year, Monsanto became a unit of the German conglomerate Bayer AG.
In 2015, the World Health Organization found that glyphosate, the principal “weedkiller” component of Roundup, was carcinogenic to humans and could lead to the development of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Monsanto has continued to assure the public that the product is harmless and poses no danger to its users. The company is currently facing more than 10,000 similar lawsuits.
Most of the complaints come from groundskeepers, farmers, and everyday consumers stricken by non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and multiple myeloma. According to the plaintiffs, exposure to Roundup caused their cancer, and had they known the health risks posed by glyphosate, they never would have used it.
The potential impact on human health that Roundup poses is even more alarming in light of other studies underscoring how ubiquitous the chemical has become in the environment and in our lives. Last month, the Environmental watchdog Center on Environmental Health tested 12 families for glyphosate levels. The study’s researchers found that 11 of the families tested positive for glyphosate, and in most of the families, the children had higher levels of glyphosate in their bodies than their parents.
The study noted that children may be at an increased risk simply by consuming cereals and grains made from crops that had been genetically modified to resist Roundup sprayings. Children also spend time in parks and playgrounds that have been sprayed with Roundup.
Beasley Allen lawyers are currently representing hundreds of clients who have been exposed to Roundup and developed Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. As mentioned last month, Beasley Allen has a roundup case set for trial in Selma, Alabama, for March of next year. This will be our first case to be tried.
If you have a potential claim or just need more information, contact a member of our firm’s Roundup Litigation Team, which consists of John Tomlinson, Rhon Jones, and Andrew Banks. John is leading this litigation for the firm.
This story appears in the August issue of The Jere Beasley Report. For more like it, or to subscribe, visit the Report online.