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Mass Tort Actions Could Be On the Way for Monsanto Over Roundup Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Link

By on Nov 23, 2015 in About glyphosate |

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monsanto-400x209A new spate of claims was launched this month against chemical giant Monsanto Co, over their Roundup herbicide product. A lawsuit comprising three new cases brought about by three different law firms with three different plaintiffs at the Delaware Superior Court this week follows on from new cases in New York and California in October, and this, accompanied by the fact that personal injury lawyers all over the country are now advertising Roundup case evaluations, suggests that mass tort actions could be on the way.

Glyphosate
The cases hinge upon the statement back in March by the World Health 51998-glyphosateOrganization that glyphosate, a main ingredient in the common Monsanto product Roundup, is ‘probably’ carcinogenic to humans. Lawyers who are preparing cases on behalf of potentially hundreds of people believe they have evidence that Monsanto knew that glyphosate was not safe for use, but ‘spread misinformation’ to persuade the general public, along with the agricultural industry and government authorities, that glyphosate and by extension Roundup were safe.

Lawyers already representing people with Roundup related claims or looking at potential litigation against Monsanto believe there is plenty of evidence from different scientific studies that show a connection between certain kinds of cancer and the use of Roundup – a weed killer that is used in both farming and normal domestic use and is heavily advertised.Most cases so far related to non-Hodgkin lymphoma, though one of the three new cases in Delaware is leukemia related.

Monsanto’s Ongoing Claims That Glyphosate is Safe
Charla Lloyd, who is a spokesperson for Monsanto, has responded to the controversy over the Roundup product by stating that there is evidence to contradict the claims made by the plaintiffs in some of the biggest databases of human health research, and that there have been more studies on this chemical than any other agricultural product.
Essentially, Monsanto are holding firm that the WHO is wrong and glyphosate does not have the potential to cause cancer in humans.

Previous Issues with Monsanto Product Ingredients

In addition to a potential rush of claims relating to Roundup, Monsanto and companies related to them are already facing around 700 other lawsuits, which are in relation to another carcinogen which was used in their products until the latter part of the 1970s. Polychlorinated biphenyls are classed as a carcinogen for humans by the WHO, and while these are no longer used at all in Monsanto’s agrichemical ranges, new cases continue to emerge where people who had contact with older products decades ago are developing related problems.
With law firms interested in litigation over Roundup, many are trying to find people who have developed certain forms of cancer after using Roundup to evaluate their cases, and with this kind of publicity it shouldn’t be long before there are a large number of Roundup cases to add to Monsanto’s legal woes. If it can be proven that they were aware of the health risks presented by glyphosate then this could have devastating effects on their business.