Cliff Sissons, a bakery owner in British Columbia, claims he used Roundup from 1987 until 2018 while working a side job building and selling homes around town. As part of his maintenance on the homes, Sissons would mix and spray Roundup on the lawns several times a year. In 2018, he started suffering headaches and double vision, and was diagnosed that June with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Sissons underwent 10 rounds of radiation and is now in remission.
Sissons filed his lawsuit against Bayer Cropscience and Monsanto Canada for not warning consumers about the risks associated with Roundup. His lawsuit also names retailers Home Hardware and Canadian Tire for violating British Columbia’s Sale of Goods Act by selling an allegedly dangerous product.
In 2015, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer classified glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, as a probable carcinogen, citing cases of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in farmers exposed to glyphosate.
Through the years, hundreds of lawsuits were filed in the United States against Monsanto. In 2018, Bayer acquired the agri-giant, and faced the first trial that summer, which resulted in a $285 million verdict in favor of a school groundskeeper who claimed exposure to glyphosate caused him to develop non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The award was later reduced to $78 million. In the months that followed, Bayer faced two more trials – both of which resulted in multimillion-dollar verdicts for plaintiffs, including a $2.055 billion award to an elderly California couple, both of whom developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The award was later reduced to $86 million. Bayer currently faces more than 42,000 lawsuits in the U.S.
Three proposed Roundup class-action lawsuits have been filed in Canada this year in Saskatchewan, Quebec and Manitoba.
Beasley Allen is investigating cases involving non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma related to the commercial application of Roundup/glyphosate. For more information or to discuss a possible claim, contact John Tomlinson, Danielle Ingram, Michael Dunphy or Rhon Jones.