Roundup Lawsuit

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The herbicide and active ingredient in the weed killer Roundup®, called glyphosate, has been classified as a probable carcinogen by the World Health Organization (WHO). Those heavily exposed are filing Roundup lawsuits against Monsanto, the maker of the weed killer, claiming that exposure to glyphosate caused them to develop cancer.

Roundup Lawsuit Settlement News 2020

On June 24, 2020, Bayer agreed to pay over $10 Billion to settle thousands of Roundup cancer lawsuits across the country.

$1.25 Billion of this amount will be set aside for those who may develop cancer in the future as a result of Roundup exposure.

If you or someone you love developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma as a result of exposure to Roundup, compensation may be available.

What Is Roundup?

Roundup weed killer is a glyphosate-containing herbicide manufactured by Monsanto, which was acquired by Bayer in 2018.

Since the introduction of Monsanto’s “Roundup Ready” crops in the 1990s, the use of agricultural-grade Roundup has increased exponentially. In 2012 alone, over 283 million pounds of glyphosate was sprayed on crops across the U.S., including corn, soybeans, and sugar beets, among others.

Today, glyphosate is the most widely used weed killer in the U.S. In fact, roughly half of Monsanto’s yearly revenue comes from their Roundup line of products, but the profitable herbicide comes with a dangerous price.

What Chemical in Roundup Causes Cancer?

The active ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate, was first classified as “probably carcinogenic to humans” by the IARC.

Though the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that glyphosate is safe to use, other government agencies are investigating this controversial chemical. For example, the National Toxicology Program (NTP) is currently performing studies to see if glyphosate can cause cancer.

Is Glyphosate a Carcinogen?

Despite contradictory research, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the cancer research arm of the WHO, classified the chemical compound glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup) as “probably carcinogenic to humans” in a July 2015 report.

The report states:

“Two large case-control studies of NHL [non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma] from Canada and the USA, and two case-control studies from Sweden reported statistically significant increased risks of NHL in association with exposure to glyphosate.”

Both the EPA and Bayer maintain that glyphosate presents no real link to cancer. However, the dozens of men and women who are now sick after using the weed killer have a different opinion.

Roundup Data and Statistics

  • According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Roundup is the most commonly used herbicide in the country. Further, a 2016 Newsweek report stated that glyphosate was the most widely used chemical for agriculture in human history.
  • 26 million pounds of Roundup are sprayed in public areas such as playgrounds, gardens, and school lawns every year, according to a 2016 study.
  • The same study found that 66% of all glyphosate usage in the U.S. occurred from 2006-2016.

Roundup Lawsuit News

  • August 2018: A groundsman diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma was awarded $289 Million in a landmark trial. His verdict was finalized at $78 Million.
  • March 2019: A California man was awarded $80 Million in a trial verdict over his claim that Roundup caused his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
  • May 2019: A California jury delivered a $2 Billion verdict in favor of a couple who claimed that Roundup caused their Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

The May 2019 verdict, involving a couple who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, was the third consecutive verdict against Monsanto’s Roundup. The couple was awarded an unprecedented $2 Billion in compensatory and punitive damages.

The California jury decided: 

  • Roundup was defective
  • Bayer’s Monsanto failed to warn consumers of the risk of cancer
  • The company was negligent

While Bayer remarked on their intent to appeal the jury decision, this trial may have set the tone for the thousands of additional Roundup lawsuits the company faces. In other words, this trial made it clear that consumers will not stand for corporate negligence — a stance that jurors will, hopefully, carry into upcoming trials.

Roundup Injuries & Side Effects

The three lawsuits listed above (August 2018, March 2019, and May 2019) have one major commonality: each plaintiff suffers from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a type of cancer of the lymphatic system that forms when your body creates too many abnormal white blood cells. Common symptoms of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma include swollen lymph nodes, pain in the chest or abdomen, fatigue, fever, and more.

According to the American Cancer Society, the overall 5-year relative survival rate for those with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is approximately 72%, although individual prognoses will depend on the specifics of a particular person’s case.

Those who use Roundup weed killer or have used it in the past are encouraged to speak with their doctor, especially if they display any abnormal symptoms related to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma or other conditions.

Does Roundup Cause Cancer?

Research from the WHO and other studies from universities across the country have shown that some chemicals used in Roundup may increase the risk of cancer.

Does Roundup Cause Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma?

In short, Roundup may cause Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Initial findings from the WHO found that Roundup’s main chemical component, glyphosate, was specifically linked to Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. These findings were first published in 2015.

Furthermore, a 2019 study conducted by a group of scientists from UC Berkeley, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and the University of Washington found a “compelling link” between the chemicals (glyphosate) used in Roundup and an increased risk of Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Who Is at Risk of Developing Roundup-Related Cancer?

Anyone who was regularly exposed to Roundup or other similar herbicides may be at risk of cancer today.

Those at risk of developing Roundup-related cancers may include:

  • Avid gardeners
  • Farmworkers
  • Garden center and nursery workers
  • Groundskeepers
  • Horticulturists
  • Landscapers

Older people may also have a greater risk of Roundup-related cancer. Most (but not all) cases of lymphoma occur in those aged 60 or older, according to the American Cancer Society.

Monsanto Roundup Lawsuit

Those who believe they developed cancer from using Roundup have filed lawsuits against Monsanto and Bayer. Monsanto chemists created glyphosate and used it to develop Roundup, and Bayer purchased Monsanto in 2018.

Roundup lawsuits name Monsanto and Bayer as defendants (those being sued), while the victims become plaintiffs (those suing). When Monsanto Roundup lawsuits are filed, the goal is to get compensation for the plaintiff and bring the defendants to justice.

Who Can File a Roundup Lawsuit?

Anyone may be able to file a Roundup lawsuit if they used the product and believe they developed cancer from using it.

The following people can possibly file a Roundup lawsuit:

  • Victims: Those who developed Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma or another cancer believed to have been caused by Roundup might be able to take legal action against Monsanto and its parent company Bayer.
  • Family Members: If a loved one has died due to Roundup-related cancer, their immediate family may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. These lawsuits claim that the use of Roundup led to the victim’s death.
  • Estate Managers: Anyone managing a Roundup cancer victim’s estate may be able to file a Roundup lawsuit. Estate managers can be a family member, a close friend, or a legal representative.

Sokolove Law can assist in filing a Roundup lawsuit, be it the victim themself, a family member, or an estate manager.

How to File a Roundup Lawsuit

To file a Roundup lawsuit, victims need to contact an experienced lawyer. Without help from reputable Roundup law firms, it can be almost impossible to take legal action.

Filing a Roundup lawsuit consists of the following steps: 

  • Gathering Details: A legal team will gather preliminary details of the victim’s Roundup exposure and medical history. With permission, Sokolove Law can also recover records on a victim’s behalf.
  • Build Support: The team will secure additional evidence, including your work history and medical records. Further, the legal team will conduct research to see if it has already represented someone affected in a similar manner.
  • File a Claim: Once the team has gathered all the evidence it needs linking a victim’s illness to Roundup and glyphosate, the lawsuit will be filed in the appropriate court system for the case.

Each step in this process requires a skilled legal team to prevent errors in filing the lawsuit. Sokolove Law works with lawyers who have decades of experience helping those injured by major corporations, and they can make sure your Roundup lawsuit is correctly filed in a timely manner.

Roundup Class-Action Lawsuits vs Individual Lawsuits

Most Roundup lawsuits filed to date have been individual lawsuits, but several class-action lawsuits against the company are also pending.

Class-action lawsuits are significantly different from individual personal injury lawsuits. Through a class-action lawsuit, one person represents a whole group of people that are also affected by the same problem. If the representative wins, everybody else in the class-action will also receive compensation.

Roundup class-action lawsuits have not yet awarded victims with compensation.

What Compensation Can I Recover in a Roundup Lawsuit?

Roundup compensation is based on the specifics of your case and will be awarded if a lawsuit concludes in your favor.

Some Roundup lawsuits have awarded hundreds of millions — or even billions — in compensation to victims through trial payouts. However, it is likely that most Roundup lawsuits will be settled out of court for smaller amounts.

Roundup Lawsuit Settlement

A settlement allows both parties in a lawsuit to come to an agreement without taking the case to trial. In Monsanto Roundup settlements, the plaintiff accepts a payout from the defendants (Monsanto and/or Bayer).

As of February 2020, Bayer is trying to reach tens of thousands of Monsanto Roundup lawsuit settlements through legal mediation.

Talks of a global settlement may also impact current lawsuits. For example, a Roundup lawsuit cancer trial in St. Louis was postponed indefinitely due to settlement talks, and another lawsuit in San Francisco may not actually reach a trial for similar reasons.

Roundup Lawsuit Settlement Amounts

As part of Bayer’s mass settlement deal, the company could possibly set aside $8 Billion to satisfy current lawsuits and an additional $2 Billion for any future claims, according to sources from Bloomberg.

However, this $10 Billion total could change as legal discussions continue, so the final total remains to be seen.

Roundup Lawsuit Payout

A payout is a large sum of money typically awarded as compensation. In just the past few years, several people who developed cancer from using Roundup have filed lawsuits against Monsanto and received significant payouts.

Recent Roundup payouts include: 

  • $289 Million: In August 2018, a jury sided with a school groundskeeper from California who developed terminal cancer and lesions all over his body.
  • $80 Million: In March 2019, a 70-year-old man won this amount through another Monsanto Roundup lawsuit. The man claimed he developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after using Roundup on his property for over 20 years.
  • $2 Billion: In May 2019, a California jury awarded an unprecedented $2 Billion for a couple who used Roundup for over 30 years.

As of 2019, thousands of others have filed lawsuits related to Monsanto’s Roundup and cancer. Only personal injury lawsuits have paid Roundup cancer victims so far.

Roundup Lawsuit Lawyers

If you want to file a Roundup cancer lawsuit, you should work with an experienced lawyer. With help from a Roundup attorney, cancer victims may be able to receive financial compensation and get justice from Monsanto and Bayer.

Roundup lawyers are crucial to a successful lawsuit. They help victims gather evidence, properly file the lawsuit, and represent the victim’s best interests if the case has to go to trial.

Sokolove Law works with experienced personal injury lawyers who have helped victims of corporate greed for decades. Our legal team may be able to represent you and help you access compensation if you developed cancer from using Roundup.

Roundup Lawsuit Statute of Limitations

Every state has laws known as statutes of limitations, which prevent people from filing lawsuits after a certain amount of time. Therefore, it is important to seek legal help from Sokolove Law before it’s too late.

Statutes of limitations vary by each state and by whether you are filing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. You will never be able to file a Roundup lawsuit after the statute of limitations has passed in your case.

Contact Sokolove Law, a trusted Roundup law firm, immediately to learn about statutes of limitations in your case. The lawyers we work with understand statutes of limitations and may be able to help you file before the deadline passes.

Common Questions About Roundup Lawsuits

Roundup lawsuits are still a relatively new phenomenon, and you may have questions or concerns about them. Get important answers below.

Why are people suing Monsanto?

People are suing Monsanto because they used Roundup — one of the company’s flagship products — and later developed cancer. These victims believe that exposure to Roundup was the cause of their illnesses.

Through Roundup lawsuits, victims hope to receive compensation for their illnesses. In some cases, the victims have been diagnosed with terminal cancer and wish to protect their family’s future. Others want to hold Monsanto accountable for putting anyone who bought its products at risk.

Though Monsanto denies that glyphosate is dangerous, both the corporation and consumers cannot ignore the trials they have lost in favor of the plaintiffs.

What are the “Monsanto Papers”?

The Monsanto papers are company documents and records that were made public as part of recent Roundup lawsuits. These internal documents revealed a web of deceit surrounding Monsanto’s use of “scientific” knowledge to assert Roundup was safe.

The documents revealed that Monsanto:

  • Ghostwrote articles claiming its products were safe for publication in toxicology journals and other forms of media
  • Established a supposedly independent academic website to discredit allegations against the company
  • Tried to build a network of scientists who would work “directly or indirectly/behind the scenes” to promote the safety of glyphosate as far back as 1999.

Monsanto continues to deny that Roundup causes cancer to this day, although the controversy has only been stoked by the release of these papers.

Will Roundup become banned?

It is not known whether or not Roundup will become banned in the U.S. In late January 2020, the EPA claimed that Roundup’s main ingredient glyphosate does not cause cancer, despite the IARC refuting this claim in 2018.

Until the EPA reverses its stance, Roundup will likely not be banned, even as lawsuits continue to show the dangers of this chemical.

How many Roundup lawsuits have been filed to date?

Monsanto currently faces Roundup lawsuits from over 42,700 plaintiffs as of February 2020, according to a recent Reuter’s report. All of these lawsuits claim that Roundup causes non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Has anyone won a lawsuit against Roundup?

While juries have awarded victims of Roundup-related cancer with multi-million-dollar payouts, Bayer has vowed to appeal all verdicts against it. Until these cases have reached a final decision, the victims will not receive any money.

As of 2020, the first Roundup verdict to award a victim was still undergoing the appeals process, according to a Reuter’s report.

If I file a Roundup lawsuit, will I join a class-action suit?

Not necessarily. As of 2020, almost all the Roundup lawsuits that have awarded multi-million verdicts to victims have been personal injury lawsuits.

An experienced lawyer can help you determine if you can join a Roundup class-action lawsuit and if you should. You may be able to earn more money from Roundup lawsuit settlements or trial verdicts than from a class-action lawsuit, depending on the specifics of your case.

How much will it cost to hire a Roundup lawyer?

It can cost different amounts to hire a Roundup lawyer, depending on which one you choose. However, you will not be charged any upfront fees when you work with Sokolove Law.

Our partner lawyers only take a small percentage of an overall verdict or settlement if the case is successful. You will not get charged unless you win your case.

Why should I file a lawsuit against Monsanto?

You have almost nothing to lose — and everything to gain — from filing a Roundup lawsuit against Monsanto.

Through a Roundup lawsuit, you may: 

  • Hold Monsanto and Bayer accountable for poisoning you
  • Shine a light for other victims and encourage them to take action
  • Receive financial compensation

You never deserved to develop cancer from a product that was marketed as safe. With a Roundup weed killer lawsuit, you can seek justice from Monsanto and Bayer for the illnesses they may have caused.

Get Help From Sokolove Law Roundup Attorneys

Sokolove Law is currently investigating cases involving Roundup and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. If you or someone you know developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after frequent exposure to Roundup, you could be entitled to compensation.

To learn more, contact Sokolove Law today. Our team is standing by to assist you.

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Last modified: September 10, 2020

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