RoundUp Lawsuit

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Roundup was once a widely used weed-killing product in the U.S. and around the globe. It contains the active ingredient glyphosate, which kills any plant it comes into contact with, unlike other herbicides designed to selectively kill some plants or crops. It prevents plants from creating specific proteins needed to grow. Since the 1970s, glyphosate has been manufactured only to be toxic to plants; however, recent research shows it might also be toxic to humans and animals.

In the mid-1970s, Monsanto (now Bayer) began manufacturing Roundup for commercial and personal use, and in 1996 sales of the product sky-rocketed. So why did it take 20 years for sales to take off? The same company began to make genetically modified seeds that would resist glyphosate, which then made Roundup effective without killing the desirable plants and crops. Now it could be used to effectively kill weeds without killing everything in its path. 

Today, Roundup is one of the most popular weedkillers available. In fact, around 13.4 billion pounds of Roundup and other weed killers containing glyphosate have been applied to various crops across the globe by landscapers, groundskeepers, commercial crop-growers, farmers, hobby gardeners, and homeowners over the last decade. While it may be an effective weedkiller, it has certainly caused many alarming health issues, including cancer.

In 2015, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic” or likely to cause cancer. The use of Roundup products and, therefore, glyphosate has been so popular that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) revealed in 2022 that measurable amounts of the chemical were found in 80 percent of the urine samples tested in one U.S. study. 

Side Effects of Glyphosate Use

Brief exposure to products containing glyphosate can cause skin and eye irritation. If inhaled, it can cause irritation or a sensation of burning in the nose or throat. If ingested, it can:

  • Increase salivation
  • Burn the mouth or throat
  • Cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea

Long-Term Health Risks of Glyphosate Exposure

  • Cancer
  • Liver and kidney damage
  • Reproductive and developmental problems 
  • Potential risks for pregnant women and children

Cancer

Perhaps the most concerning is that Roundup exposure can result in cancer. Roundup has been linked to several different types of cancers, including: 

  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL)
  • B-cell lymphoma (mantle cell lymphoma or MCL)
  • T-cell lymphoma
  • Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)
  • Hairy cell lymphoma
  • Pediatric brain cancer (from parental exposure up to two years before conception)

Research shows that this popular herbicide raises the risk of some Roundup cancer types by more than 40 percent. The prevalent use of glyphosate in herbicides means that this carcinogen can be found in food, water, and even dust. Sadly, nearly anyone could be exposed to glyphosate. However, it’s the individuals with the most exposure to the chemical that have the highest risk of developing a Roundup cancer case, including farmers, landscapers, or anyone who uses this type of weedkiller for residential purposes.

Roundup cancer symptoms can include:

  • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck, armpits, or groin
  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Coughing
  • Swelling or pain in the abdomen
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Night sweats
  • Persistent weakness or fatigue
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Bleeding or bruising easily
  • Frequent nosebleeds
  • Tiny red skin spots (petechiae) 
  • Tenderness or pain in bones
  • Chills or fever
  • Severe or persistent infections
  • Poor appetite
  • Bone pain, especially in the chest or spine
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Numb or weak legs
  • Unusual thirst
  • Confusion or mental fogginess

Roundup FAQs 

Who can file a Roundup Lawsuit against Bayer/Monsanto?

You may be able to file a Roundup weed killer cancer lawsuit if you were diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma or another cancer and have a history of regular exposure to glyphosate-based herbicide. It’s best to have an experienced attorney review your roundup lawsuit claim.

What is the current status of Roundup weed killer lawsuits?

Roundup litigation is ongoing. Attorneys across the country are still accepting cases. It was expected that the Supreme Court would dismiss Bayer’s appeal to attempt to dismiss the legal claims against them, but it instead took no action in June 2022.

Can you still file a Roundup weed killer lawsuit after the settlement?

Yes, under two conditions:

  • You are newly diagnosed with a Roundup-related cancer
  • You were diagnosed or had a loved one who died some time ago (but still within the statute of limitations)

Always check with a seasoned Roundup attorney to ensure your legal rights.

What is the average settlement for a Roundup weed killer lawsuit?

The average Roundup cancer settlement amount for someone diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma or other Roundup-related cancers is between $5,000 to $250,000. Some reports put the average amount per client suffering from cancer at $160,000. Wrongful death cases can sometimes garner more as no statute of limitations exists.

Are the second round of Roundup lawsuits going to have a higher settlement?

Bayer has dedicated $10 billion for Roundup settlements. With the Supreme Court refusing to hear their case and suffering several other recent legal losses, future settlements are expected to be even higher than past ones.

How do I get a Roundup lawyer?

If you or someone you know may have been harmed from using Roundup, Attorney at Law can help you find a reputable Roundup attorney. Use our free submission form to get the legal help you need and find out if you qualify for a Roundup class action lawsuit.

What is the lawyer’s fee to represent my Monsanto Roundup lawsuit?

Roundup lawyers usually work on contingency fees, meaning they don’t get paid unless/until you receive compensation. When this happens, they typically earn between 33-40 percent of the total amount recovered in a personal injury lawsuit, such as a Roundup cancer lawsuit. However, contingency fee arrangements can vary depending on the specifics of each Roundup cancer claim.

Roundup Cancer Lawsuit Update

July 2022: Bayer continues to settle cases as they want to avoid going to trial. Bayer investors express concern regarding the next decade of potential Roundup plaintiffs who are yet to receive a cancer diagnosis and what will happen to Bayer litigation and future claims. Bayer stock drops around 12 percent, despite its plans to remove Roundup from the U.S. retail market by the end of 2022. 

June 2022: The U.S. Supreme Court declines to consider Bayer’s appeal of a 2021 federal appeals court decision regarding state vs. federal safety standards. Before this decision, Bayer conveyed that it intended to “activate its own claims administration plan” for potential claimants who say that their health issues can be traced back to Roundup use.

2021: Bayer earmarks $4.5 billion for future Roundup claims and declares that glyphosate-based Roundup will be removed from the U.S. consumer market by 2023.

2020: Bayer reaches a global settlement with existing Roundup claimants for $10 billion.

2019: The second Roundup test case goes to trial, reaching a $2 billion verdict in California for two married plaintiffs. The verdict includes punitive damages and a combined $55 million in compensatory damages.

2018: The first Roundup test case goes to trial, garnering a $289 million verdict, sending Bayer’s stock tumbling. Later, the courts reduced it to $78 million. Bayer announces it will drop Monsanto’s name after completing its acquisition for $63 billion.

2017: Those harmed by Roundup and their families file hundreds more lawsuits, adding to the initial wave of the Roundup mass tort litigation. California becomes the first state to add glyphosate to its Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to cause cancer.

2016: Pharmaceutical giant Bayer purchases Monsanto for $66 billion. The Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOME) publishes a study in April showing that weedkillers like glyphosate are “associated with a high risk of cutaneous melanoma” (skin cancer), “in particular among those exposed to occupational sun exposure.” Later in April, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finds scant amounts of Roundup in various cereals, oatmeal, and baby foods.

In May, federal judges consolidate 21 Monsanto Roundup lawsuits into a multi-district litigation (MDL) in the Northern District of California.

2015: The WHO labels glyphosate as “possibly carcinogenic.” The initial Roundup product liability lawsuits are filed, naming Monsanto as the defendant.

2013: The peer-reviewed scientific Swiss journal, Entropy, publishes a study showing that glyphosate makes food-borne chemical residues and environmental toxins even more harmful. It also reveals that glyphosate causes damaging inflammation to cellular systems throughout the entire body that manifests slowly.

Roundup Cancer Lawyers 

Bayer is an extremely powerful and wealthy company. They will do whatever it takes to win their cases and keep the compensation money that Roundup victims deserve. Unfortunately, injured claimants don’t historically win when representing themselves against such large companies. 

Hiring a Roundup cancer lawyer to help you fight for the compensation you deserve gives you the best chance at receiving financial recovery for your injuries. Roundup lawyers are familiar with the typical arguments and tactics used by Bayer or their attorneys, and they aren’t afraid to refute them on your behalf. It’s in your best interest to hire an experienced Roundup cancer lawyer to help with your case. Your lawyer can handle your case from start to finish, gather evidence in support of your claim, and negotiate a fair settlement based on your injuries and damages. However, without legal representation, you will likely lose and not receive the money you deserve.

Round Up Lawsuit Case Analysis Submission

This form is for RoundUp lawsuit claimants to fill out and see if they qualify for a free case evaluation. Please answer all the questions to help us understand your case. We will connect you with a law firm that can properly represent you!

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  1. Mike M says:

    Regarding RoundUp claims, I was told that the court approved, standard contingency fee for a lawyer representing a RoundUp claimant was 40%. In all cases. Is it not typical that if there is settlement without filing a legal suit, that the contingency fee should be less (e.g. 25 or 30%) ?

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