The first lawsuit accusing Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup of causing cancer has been filed in Australia. At least one other lawsuit is expected to be filed soon.

Ross Wild, a New South Wales farmer, claims he used Roundup on his property since 1976, when the herbicide was first sold in the country. Last year, he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He is suing Monsanto, which is now owned by Bayer AG, for failing to warn on the product’s label about the cancer risk.

Wild says he was “drenched” numerous times in Roundup during his 40 years of using the weed killer, but assumed it was safe because Monsanto led him to believe it was. But in 2015 the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer classified glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, as a probable carcinogen, and referenced cases of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in farmers who were exposed to glyphosate.

Professor Sanchia Aranda, Chief Executive of Cancer Council Australia, called for a systematic review of glyphosate exposure in Australia, and said that improvement should be made on how the country regulates and enforces laws in relation to glyphosate.

Bayer faces about 18,400 lawsuits in the United States alleging the company failed to warn that exposure to Roundup is dangerous and can cause non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. All three of the trials that have been heard, to date, have resulted in multimillion-dollar verdicts for plaintiffs, including a $2.055 billion verdict in a case of an elderly couple who used the weed killer on their property for years. Both developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

We are investigating cases involving non-Hodgkin 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.

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