After its third loss in court over its weed killer’s alleged risk of causing cancer, Bayer AG, which now owns Monsanto, faces more than 13,000 lawsuits on the issue.
If you or a family member has had significant exposure to Roundup weed killer and has been diagnosed with any form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, including its man subtypes, you may be able to seek significant compensation in a lawsuit.
Contact GJEL Accident Attorneys right away for a free case review.
About The Monsanto Roundup Cancer Lawsuits
Since August of 2018, California juries have awarded more than $2 billion in damages to plaintiffs claiming they developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a type of cancer, after using Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer.
In the most recent case, a California jury awarded an elderly couple $55 million in compensatory damages and $2 billion in punitive damages. The husband and wife plaintiffs were each diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which they claimed was caused by their repeated exposure to Roundup, which was used on their property between 1975 and 2011.
In August 2018, a school groundskeeper won a $78 million verdict against Monsanto after he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2014. In that case, the cancer was alleged to have been caused by the plaintiff’s use of a higher-strength version of Roundup he used on the job for pest control.
In March of this year, another California jury returned a verdict for a San Francisco resident who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2015. The jury awarded $80 million to the man over his claim that his use of Roundup on his property for many years led to his development of cancer.
What Compensation Can I Recover from a Roundup Lawsuit?
If you’ve developed cancer from using Roundup, there are several kinds of damages you may be able to receive:
- Compensation for past and future medical expenses for treatment or other economic losses
- Compensation for past and future pain and suffering as a result of your cancer
- Lost wages
- Punitive damages
Based on the verdicts of previous Monsanto Roundup lawsuits, juries may be likely to award tens or hundreds of millions of dollars in damages, both as compensation for the victims and as punishment for Monsanto’s negligence.
Roundup Lawsuit Cancer Settlements
In May of 2019 a jury awarded Two Billion dollars to a couple with cancer.
There have not been enough cases yet to see how big this could get.
As more of these cases are heard, Monsanto may start offering settlements. Based on the jury awards from Roundup cancer lawsuits so far, it’s possible that a mass settlement could also be in the tens or hundreds of millions of dollars.
Roundup and Glyphosate: What You Need to Know
Roundup, the popular weed killer sold by Monsanto, is the trade name for the chemical compound glyphosate. This chemical compound is what the Monsanto Roundup lawsuits claim was a significant factor in the development of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Since its discovery as an herbicide in 1970, glyphosate has become one of the most popular weed killers. Approximately 250 million pounds of glyphosate are sprayed on crops, lawns, and driveways each year to combat unwanted weeds and grasses.
Most of the lawsuits are based on a 2015 conclusion by the World Health Organization, based on epidemiological and animal studies, that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic to humans,” although other studies by the European Food Safety Authority and European Chemicals Agency found no carcinogenic qualities.
What is Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma?
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a type of cancer that starts in the white blood cells (called lymphocytes) and affects the body’s lymphatic system. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma covers several kinds of cancer other than Hodgkin lymphoma, which is treated differently.
There are two main types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, B-cell and T-cell lymphomas, depending on the kind of white blood cell becomes cancerous.
Each year, about 75,000 people are diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and about 19,000 people will die because of it.
Have You Suffered Cancer From Exposure to Roundup?
GJEL is seeking compensation for you or someone you know if you’ve developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma after significant exposure to Roundup. Contact us today for a free consultation on your case.