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Roundup Weed Killer

$2+ Billion Cancer Verdict

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$2 billion in punitive damages and $55 million in compensatory damages was awarded to Alva and Alberta Pilliod, a California couple diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.  after proving that years of using glyphosate-based herbicides caused their cancers. The California jury delivered their verdict against Bayer on May 12, 2019 after determining that the company’s glyphosate-based weed killer, Roundup, caused their cancers.

Chronology of Verdicts:

  • 5/12/19: $2+ Billion verdict awarded to Alva and Alberta Pilliod (CA);
  • 3/28/19: $80 Million verdict awarded to Edwin Hardeman (CA); and
  • 8/10/18: $289 Million verdict awarded to Dwayne Johnson (CA).

How Can I Know If I Was Exposed?

Exposure to Roundup is typically by one or all of three of these methods:

  • Inhalation: Breathing in during spraying or mixing the product,
  • Skin contact: Splashing the product on the skin,
  • Drinking or eating contaminated glyphosate laced water or food. 

Cancer Types Linked to Glyphosate

Who Is at Risk For Exposure?

Individuals exposed to glyphosate from breathing while spraying or mixing the toxic chemicals or drinking water or eating food contaminated with the products, are most at risk. This includes:

  • Farm and Agricultural Workers,
  • Landscapers and Gardeners,
  • Equestrian and Ranch Workers,
  • Golf Course Maintenance Workers,
  • Government Road Maintenance Workers,
  • Gardener and Nursery Employees,
  • Parks and Recreation and Forestry Workers,
  • Sports Turf Management Employees,
  • Arborists, Horticulturists, Viticulturists

What are the Symptoms of Cancer?

  • Common early symptoms of cancer are:
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Abdominal pain
  • Chest pain
  • Fatigue
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Night sweats
  • Fever
  • Virus infection

Common Cancer Treatment 

  • chemotherapy,
  • immunotherapy,
  • radiation,
  • targeted therapy,
  • biological therapy,
  • stem cell transplant

Products with Glyphosate

Monsanto earned $4.8 billion in revenue in 2015 from its sales of Roundup, as the most used weed killer on lawns and gardens, golf courses, parks, school playgrounds, and crops in the United States.  Over the decades, scientific studies have uncovered the links between pesticides and cancers, including, glyphosate in Roundup. Additional products containing glyphosate include:

  • Roundup Ultra,
  • Roundup Pro,
  • Accord,
  • Honcho,
  • Pondmaster,
  • Protocol,
  • Rascal,
  • Expedite,
  • Ranger,
  • Bronco,
  • Campain,
  • Landmaster,
  • Fallow Master by Monsanto;
  • Glyphomax,
  • Glypro,
  • Rodeo by Dow AgroSciences;
  • Glyphosate herbicide by Du Pont;
  • Silhouette by Cenex/Land O’Lakes;
  • Rattler,
  • Hoss Ultra,
  • Showdown  by Helena;
  • Mirage,
  • KleenUp,
  • Makaze,
  • Mad Dog by Loveland; 
  • Jury by Riverside/Terra;
  • Touchdown by Syngenta

$80 Million Cancer Verdict

$80 million was awarded to Edwin Hardeman, who was diagnosed with non Hodgkin lymphoma after years of exposure to weedkiller, Roundup.  The jury found that Roundup, a glyphosate-based herbicide, the plaintiffs contend is carcinogenic, was a substantial factor in causing his cancer, and that the corporation is liable.

The jury in San Francisco awarded compensatory damages at $5.27 million and punitive damages of $75 million to the plaintiff on March 28, 2019. The court held a bifurcated trial and Mr. Hardeman claimed that Roundup’s design was defective, that the product lacked sufficient warning of potential risks and that Monsanto had been negligent in not warning about risks.

$289 Million Cancer Verdict

On August 10, 2018,  a jury awarded $39 million in compensatory and $250 million in punitive damages, finding that Roundup and Ranger Pro weed killer caused a groundskeeper’s lymphoma cancer. Dewayne Johnson, 46, who alleged Roundup’s glyphosate based weed killer caused him cancer, applied Roundup and Ranger Pro weed killers up to 30 times a year around the school grounds. He was later diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph system that he claims was caused by Roundup and Ranger Pro, both Monsanto glyphosate herbicides. Johnson’s doctors predict he is unlikely to live past 2020. Read the USA News coverage here: Roundup Cancer $289 Million Verdict

The jury found Monsanto failed to warn Johnson and other consumers of the cancer risks posed by its weed killers.Monsanto denies that glyphosate, the world’s most widely used herbicide, causes cancer and says decades of scientific studies have shown the chemical to be safe for human use. Johnson’s case, filed in 2016, was fast-tracked for trial due to the severity of his diagnosis.

This follows a major victory for the plaintiffs that allowed their experts to testify and the lawsuits to move forward. NBC News covered the story here: Judge allows lawsuits claiming Monsanto weed killer Roundup causes cancer to go forward.

Trial Court 

Lawsuits alleging Monsanto’s Roundup Weed Killer causes cancer have been centralized in Multi-District Litigation MDL No. 2741 before the Honorable Vince Chhabria. The Plaintiffs allege Roundup weed killer’s ingredient, glyphosate, also found in Ranger and Honcho and many other weed killers, has been linked to cancer. Monsanto failed to warn of known cancer risks, amidst overwhelming research and studies that link glyphosate-based herbicides to non-Hodgkin lymphoma and other cancers.

The first state court lawsuit over Monsanto’s Roundup Weed Killer causing non-Hodgkin lymphoma began June 26, 2018, before Superior Court Judge Suzanne Ramos Bolanos.  Dewayne Johnson directly applied Roundup and RangerPro 20 to 30 times a year as a California school groundskeeper from 2012 to 2015. Dewayne received his non-Hodgkin diagnosis in August 2014. Non-Hodgkin starts in the white blood cells (lymphocytes) and the cancer can spread to the rest of the body. Media around the world are watching and reporting on this landmark case as noted in the news reports that follow:

Reuter’s reports on the Plaintiffs’ claims that Monsanto’s toxicology manager ghostwrote parts of a scientific report in 2013 that was published under the names of several academic scientists and his boss ghostwrote parts of another in 2000. Both reports were used by the EPA to determine that the chemicals in Roundup were safe: Plaintiffs in U.S. lawsuit say Monsanto ghostwrote Roundup studies

Chronology of Roundup

There is damaging information we have uncovered, but due to confidentiality orders, we are barred from disclosing all information to the public. She public information we can reveal includes a brief time line of events as follows:

1974: Monsanto places Roundup weed killer on the market

1976: FDA questions toxicity tests after inspection of Industrial Bio-Test facility. EPA follows up and finds falsification of Roundup data

1983:  Three Industrial Bio-Test Executives convicted of fraud

1985:  EPA classifies glyphosate as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.”

1991:  EPA changes classification of glyphosate to “evidence of non-carcinogenicity in humans” but warns that does not mean glyphosate does not cause cancer.

1991: Craven Labs is hired by Monsanto to test glyphosate independently. The owner and employees are convicted of falsifying data for pesticide and herbicide studies.

1995:  EPA publishes warning that widespread exposure to glyphosate could cause congestion of the lungs, increased breathing rate, kidney damage and reproductive effects, but evidence of cancer is inadequate.

1996: Monsanto pushes Roundup Ready for seeds resistant to glyphosate. Monsanto is sued in New York for false and misleading ads stating Roundup is “safer than table salt” and “practically non-toxic.” Monsanto agrees to stop ads with that language in NY.

2001: Canadian study found a dose-response link between glyphosate exposure

and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

2003: U.S. study of over 3,400 Midwest farm workers found higher rates of non-

Hodgkin’s lymphoma linked with glyphosate.

2008: Swedish study concludes exposure to glyphosate doubles the risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in less than 10 years.

2014: Three decades worth of studies demonstrate a clear link between Roundup and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

2015: The International Agency for Research on Cancer, an agency of the World Health Organization, concludes that glyphosate should be labeled a Group 2A chemical, as “probably carcinogenic to humans”. Research of cells in utero, concludes that glyphosate causes chromosomal and DNA damage in both animal and human cells.

2015: The International Journal of Cancer confirmed there is a strengthened association between exposure to glyphosate and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

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If you have been diagnosed with cancer and have been exposed to one of these pesticides containing glyphosate, Contact Us here or call 1-800-814-4540 to speak with an attorney. There are time limits in each state and case so contact us NOW. We look forward to assisting you with your claim for compensation.

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