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Roundup, the widely-used herbicide sold by Bayer and previously by Monsanto (Bayer acquired Monsanto in 2018), is now widely-known to cause cancer. Specifically, individuals who have been exposed to Roundup at work or at home are at increased risk for developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) and hairy cell leukemia, both of which have the potential to be fatal.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL), hairy cell leukemia, or any other form of cancer after being exposed to Roundup, you may be entitled to a significant financial recovery. To date, juries have awarded more than $2 billion to cancer patients and families in cases against Monsanto and Bayer. In addition to compensatory damages, this includes punitive damages based on jurors’ determination that these companies should have known better than to sell a product containing a chemical which the World Health Organization (WHO) has labeled a “probable carcinogen.”
Roundup, Glyphosate, and Cancer: What Do We Know?
As someone who has been diagnosed with cancer or who has lost a loved one to cancer resulting from Roundup exposure, understanding your legal rights can be complicated. There is a lot of information out there, including a lot of misleading information that has been funded and put forth by defenders of the chemical herbicide industry. While we cover the relevant information in detail below, here are the three key facts you need to know if you are wondering whether you should file a Roundup cancer claim:
- Key Fact #1: Bayer, as the successor to Monsanto, is currently facing thousands of lawsuits filed by individuals and families whose attorneys believe they are entitled to financial compensation for cancer caused by Roundup.
- Key Fact #2: Juries have already awarded more than $2 billion in compensatory and punitive damages to plaintiffs in Roundup cancer lawsuits against Bayer.
- Key Fact #3: In 2019, Bayer’s CEO announced that the company would seek to settle its pending Roundup lawsuits, and later that year Bayer reportedly offered an $8 billion settlement which plaintiffs rejected because they believe they are entitled to more.
What is Roundup?
Roundup is an herbicide, more commonly known as a week-killer. It is sold at home improvement stores across the country, and businesses use Roundup to kill weeds everywhere from farms to office parks, and from gardens to playgrounds.
Monsanto began selling Roundup in the United States in 1974. In the decades since, it has grown to become the most-widely-used herbicide in the country. Since Bayer’s purchase of Monsanto in 2018, the company has reportedly earned $6 billion in annual revenue through Roundup sales alone—which helps to explain why Roundup is still on the market despite the enormous number of cancer lawsuits that have been filed.
What is Glyphosate?
The cancer risk associated with Roundup comes from the ingredient, glyphosate. As explained by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):
“Glyphosate targets a broad range of weeds and is important in the production of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and glyphosate-resistant field crops such as corn and soybean. It is effective at managing invasive and noxious weeds. In addition, glyphosate breaks down in the environment, can be used for no-till and low-till farming which can reduce soil erosion, and is useful for integrated pest management.”
In addition to Roundup, various other herbicides contain glyphosate as well. A search for “glyphosate” on the Internet brings up several different products offered for sale by Amazon, Walmart, and other retailers. If you scroll through the search results, you will also see a confusing series of headlines discussing the various studies that have concluded glyphosate either clearly causes or clearly doesn’t cause cancer.
Does Roundup (Which Contains Glyphosate) Cause Cancer?
So, does Roundup (which contains glyphosate) cause cancer? Multiple juries have said yes, and Bayer’s CEO has signaled that the company intends to settle its cancer lawsuits, which can certainly be viewed as an indication that the company believes the claims are valid. The WHO has labeled glyphosate a “probable carcinogen” as noted above, and various other studies have concluded that glyphosate exposure can increase a person’s risk of developing cancer—in some cases by as much as 41%.
There are also studies that have reached the opposite conclusion. In January 2020, the EPA wrote:
“EPA continues to find that there are no risks of concern to human health when glyphosate is used in accordance with its current label. EPA also found that glyphosate is unlikely to be a human carcinogen.”
Additionally, Monsanto and Bayer have reportedly collected more than 800 studies from around the world that, “demonstrate glyphosate’s safety.”
In many cases, however, the validity of these studies has been called into question. For example, in March 2017, an EPA official was accused of attempting to kill an ongoing study into the cancer-causing effects of glyphosate. The accusations came about when internal Monsanto emails were revealed in which the company’s regulatory affairs manager recounted a conversation in which the EPA official allegedly stated, “If I can kill this I should get a medal.”
Who Can File a Roundup Cancer Claim?
Anyone who believes that their cancer may be the result of exposure to Roundup can file a lawsuit. The same is true for anyone who has lost a loved one to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma or hairy cell leukemia following Roundup exposure. In 2016, a federal judiciary panel instituted multi-district litigation (MDL) to facilitate the handling of the extraordinarily large volume of claims, and this makes it easier for new plaintiffs to pursue their claims as well.
How Do You File a Roundup Cancer Claim?
If you have questions or believe that you may be entitled to join the thousands of plaintiffs who are currently suing Bayer for cancer caused by Roundup, you should speak with an attorney promptly. An experienced attorney will be able to assess your legal rights, determine if you have a claim, and pursue your claim on your behalf. Due to the current status of the pending litigation against Bayer, filing your lawsuit promptly could increase your chances of quickly securing a favorable settlement. However, in any case, you should schedule a free initial consultation as soon as possible.
What Happens if Bayer Offers a Settlement?
As noted above, Bayer reportedly offered an $8 billion settlement last year. The plaintiffs in the MDL rejected the settlement, but it is expected that this litigation will eventually be resolved out of court. In the MDL, individual plaintiffs are not required to participate in the settlement; and, if you file a claim, it will be up to you to decide whether to accept a settlement or pursue additional compensatory and punitive damages in court.
Even once the MDL is resolved, new plaintiffs will be able to file claims as long as they do so within the statute of limitations. The risk of the statute of limitations for your claim expiring is another reason to consult with an attorney as soon as possible. If you believe that you may have a claim for cancer caused by Roundup exposure, we encourage you to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys right away.
About Oberheiden Law
Oberheiden Law is a personal injury and wrongful death law firm that represents individuals and families throughout the United States. Our lawyers have recovered billions of dollars in compensation for our clients, and we have secured favorable settlements in cases against large corporations and won trial verdicts across the country. Here is what you can expect when you choose Oberheiden Law for your Roundup cancer lawsuit:
- Experience – We will rely on our experience recovering more than $6 billion for our clients to seek just compensation on your behalf. Our lawyers have collectively represented thousands of clients in lawsuits nationwide.
- Personal Representation – Our lawyers work with our clients one-on-one, and we pursue personalized case strategies that are designed to obtain maximum compensation for each individual client.
- 24/7 Accessibility – As our client, you will have access to our attorneys 24/7. We are passionate about serving our clients, and if you have a question or need help, we want to hear from you right away.
- Aggressive Representation – Bayer pays its attorneys millions of dollars every year, and its defense lawyers are working around the clock to mitigate the company’s liability to the fullest extent possible. Our attorneys will represent you aggressively, and we will not stop fighting until justice has been served.
- Guaranteed Lowest Contingency Fee – Our standard contingency fee is 25%. Most other law firms charge 33% or 40% depending on when your case is resolved. We guarantee the lowest fee, and we will match or beat any fee you are offered by another law firm.
Speak with a Roundup Cancer Attorney for Free
To speak with an attorney about your Roundup cancer claim, contact Oberheiden Law today. We are available 24/7. Call 855-234-6934 to schedule an appointment, or submit your case online and we will be in touch with you shortly. We are conducting initial consultations remotely nationwide during the COVID-19 crisis.