Roundup Weed Killer Lawsuits
Roundup Weed and Grass Killer – the most widely used herbicide in the world – has become the subject of potentially hundreds of lawsuits in the United States due to allegations and trial rulings that the product may cause cancer. If you or a loved one has contracted cancer after a history of use with Roundup, the Cambridge personal injury firm of Altman & Altman LLP may be able to help you secure financial compensation for your pain and suffering.
Bayer, mega corporation that owns Monsanto, the chemical giant that produces Roundup, was recently forced by a California jury to pay out nearly $80 million to a San Francisco man who used the product for over 20 years, and contracted non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The company has appealed the verdict, but lawyers representing the man claim it is vindication that the product is dangerous and that Monsanto knowingly failed to warn users of its risks.
Similar to the case outlined above, another case brought against Monsanto resulted in a $289 million verdict for a former groundskeeper, who also was allegedly diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after using the herbicide repeatedly in his work.Debate Over Roundup Dangers is a Global One
Scientific studies have analyzed the association between glyphosate – the active chemical ingredient in Roundup – and an increased chance at contracting cancer, especially among users who come into direct contact with the weed killer, such as agricultural workers, gardeners and landscaping employees. There have been an estimated 8,000 lawsuits filed throughout the country in state and federal courts regarding this link.
The World Health Organization has announced that glyphosate is a “probable” carcinogen, which indicates that it does in fact have a link towards a higher rate of causing cancer. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) once listed the chemical as safe, but then drew back the statement and doubled the allowable limits of the chemical to be found in food and oilseed crops (like soybeans), which caused some to accuse them of unethically altering their research to benefit Monsanto at the risk of public health.
The controversy has led some countries, like the Netherlands, to ban the product completely. Other countries, like France, have banned the product from being sold to members of the general public. A tribunal was held at The Hague in 2017, which was a symbolic gesture to urge other lawyers and local judges to hold the company accountable for their failure to warn consumers of the potential risks associated with their product.Has Roundup Affected you?
Being the most common weed killing product in the world means that people all over the world have used this product, including in our coverage area of Cambridge, Boston and the Greater Boston Area, as well as all throughout Massachusetts. The number of people possibly at risk of contracting cancer after utilizing this product are alarming, as people in any number of industries utilize herbicides, including farmers, groundskeepers, landscapers and even people who simply want to upkeep their own garden.
We understand that tackling corporate giants like Bayer and Monsanto can be frightening and overwhelming, but you are not alone, and the personal injury firm of Altman & Altman LLP has over 50 years of experience advocating on behalf of our clients who are harmed as a result of the negligent or willfully damaging actions taken by companies like these.
Using legal precedent set by cases like we’ve seen in California, along with the mounting scientific evidence linking glyphosate exposure to an increased risk of cancer, we can work with you to bring a civil suit or join an existing class action lawsuit, which might result in financial compensation that can help you pay medical expenses, regain money lost from being unable to work or restore some stability in your life.
No company should be able to harm its customers through a failure to warn them of known risks, and we will hold them accountable.
Contact an experienced personal injury attorney from Altman & Altman LLP online or call for a free consultation to go over the details of your case today at 617.492.3000 or toll-free at 800.481.6199. We are available 24/7 to assist you.