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The once popular weed-killer Roundup, commonly used by homeowners, landscapers, and farmers, has been linked to an increased risk of developing cancer, and more specifically, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The molecule “glyphosate” is the active chemical in Roundup that was once thought to be harmless, but it is now at the center of lawsuits nationwide against Bayer AG’s Monsanto unit. Monsanto was an agricultural company known to manufacture controversial products, including pesticides and chemicals. In 2008, Bayer AG purchased Monsanto for $66 billion (USD). The International Agency for Research on Cancer determined in 2015 that glyphosate, the active chemical in Roundup, is “probably carcinogenic to humans.”
In late August 2018, an Oakland jury awarded Plaintiff Dewayne Johnson $289 million because his continued exposure to Roundup, while working as a groundskeeper, caused cancer to develop in his body. The total award was comprised of $250 million in punitive damages against the manufacturer of Roundup. The award was eventually reduced to $78.5 million, but the message to the creators and owners of Roundup was clear- since you failed to warn Roundup might cause cancer, you are responsible for those individuals who used your product and are now suffering through cancer.
Farmers, professional gardeners, landscapers, groundskeepers, agricultural workers, and homeowners alike who used Roundup are at an increased risk for cancer. Glyphosate has been linked to breast cancer, brain cancer, bladder cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer, skin, cancer, testicular cancer, and lymphoma. Evidence linking exposure of Roundup to cancer is more commonly related to lymphoma. Lymphoma cancer attacks the immune system cells in the lymph nodes, spleen, thymus, bone marrow, and other parts of the body. Two of the more common types of lymphoma are Non-Hodgkin and Hodgkin. Warning signs of lymphoma include the following:
While these symptoms are similar to those of other illnesses, if you have been diagnosed with cancer and have a history of exposure to Roundup, please contact our firm today, as you may be entitled to compensation for your medical treatment and bills, pain and suffering, and more.