Since corporate giant Bayer bought U.S. pesticide manufacturer Monsanto, the German company has come face-to-face with costly, back-to-back lawsuits. Monsanto’s flagship weed killer Roundup has been the focal point in 18,000 lawsuits filed from people who have been diagnosed with cancers, including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) after enduring exposure to the herbicide. Bayer faces the consequences of the Roundup cancer link and the harm to users.
Roundup Battles Fought With Scientific Evidence
Although Bayer consistently points to evidence suggesting that Roundup does not cause cancer, multiple studies have indicated otherwise.
For example, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) conducted a meta-analysis of studies that delved into the Roundup-cancer connection. The research uncovered that agricultural workers exposed to glyphosate, the key ingredient in Roundup, experienced a 41% greater risk of developing NHL than individuals who were exposed to the chemical infrequently, or not at all. The study concluded with the IARC’s classification of glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans.”
Jury Decisions Favor Evidence Supporting That Glyphosate is a Carcinogen
Juries have found this and other latter studies condemning glyphosate to be more compelling than evidence provided by Bayer—so much so that they have consistently decided in favor of plaintiffs for massive sums of compensation.
Alva and Alberta Pilliod
This California couple regularly applied Roundup on the grounds of their home without using any type of protection. Both Alva and Alberta were diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. A jury reviewed the evidence and awarded the couple over $2 billion in damages.
Another California resident was awarded $80 million in damages when a jury found that Bayer’s Roundup caused the plaintiff’s NHL after he used the herbicide for years to treat overgrowth, poison oak, and weeds on his residential property.
In this case, a groundskeeper at a California school applied Roundup regularly as a function of his daily work. Johnson even had the product spilled on him on several occasions. He was subsequently diagnosed with terminal NHL. Because the plaintiff’s illness was so severe, his case was heard early after a mediation order was put in place to help plaintiffs and defendants reach negotiate settlements.
According to the New York Times, the jury in Johnson’s case was convinced that the Roundup manufacturers had failed to warn the public of the risks of using their weed killer. They awarded the plaintiff $289 million, although that amount was later reduced to $78 million.
Since the Dewayne decision, Bayer has been with thousands of lawsuits. Much evidence has also surfaced, revealing that Monsanto had falsified research and suppressed evidence that spoke negatively about their product, serving to further damage Bayer’s defense position for future trials.
A Roundup Cancer Lawyer Can Help You with Your Lawsuit
Bayer faces consequences of the Roundup cancer link as more users step forward to fight for justice. If you have been diagnosed with NHL or another cancer after being exposed to Roundup, the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine want to help you recover the damages you need and deserve. Call us today at 1-800-747-3733 for a free consultation.