Monsanto $55.05 Billion
MDL 2741 (Northern District of California)
According top National Geographic online, glyphosate was introduced commercially by Monsanto in 1974, glyphosate kills weeds by blocking proteins essential to plant growth. It is now used in more than 160 countries, with more than 1.4 billion pounds applied per year.
Treatment / Use
Glyphosate, often sold under the brand name Roundup, is probably in your garage or shed because it’s ranked as the second most widely used U.S. lawn and garden weed killer. These products have been promoted as easy-to-use and effective on poison ivy, kudzu, dandelions, and other weeds.
But the primary use is by agriculture. Nearly all the corn, soy, and cotton now grown in the United States is treated with glyphosate.
Its use skyrocketed after seeds were genetically engineered to tolerate the chemical. Because these seeds produce plants that are not killed by glyphosate, farmers can apply the weed killer to entire fields without worrying about destroying crops. Between 1987 and 2012, annual U.S. farm use grew from less than 11 million pounds to nearly 300 million pounds.
Injuries / Complications / Concerns
In May 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a report from its International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) stating that Roundup probably causes non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
According to Quartz online, the report is based on a review of existing evidence, including multiple studies of the effects of glyphosate on agricultural and forestry workers since 2001, co-author Kate Guyton tells Quartz. She says the report stopped short of saying the chemical conclusively causes cancer, because these existing studies focused on a limited population of healthy male workers; they did not include young people or women. It’s unclear how much exposure would be cancerous, or why glyphosate leads specifically to this kind of cancer, Guyton says.
There are a variety of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma linked to Roundup exposure which qualify for Roundup cases including:
T-Cell & NK-Cell Neoplasms
Information on the Topic of Roundup
No Bayer Roundup Settlement Anytime Soon, Says Lawyer Who Won in Court (10-30-2019)
As Roundup Lawsuits Pile Up by the Thousands, Bayer Remains Defiant (10-30-2019)
Juror Urges U.S. Judge to Uphold $80 Million Roundup Verdict Against Bayer (7-8-2019)
$2 Billion Verdict Against Monsanto Is Third to Find Roundup Caused Cancer (5-13-2019)
Jurors Give $289 Million to a Man they Say got Cancer from Monsanto's Roundup Weedkiller (8-11-2018)
Patients: Roundup Gave Us Cancer as EPA Official Helped the Company (5-16-2017)
Roundup Products Liability Litigation: Third-Party Discovery and Pending Motions to Seal (3-15-2017)
EPA Corruption, Monsanto and RoundUp Litigation: Full text of Motion to Compel Deposition of Jess Rowland (3-15-2017)
Monsanto Tried to Hide Evidence of Glyphosate (Roundup) Causing Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma: COURT DOCUMENTS (3-15-2017)
Monsanto Helped Write Cancer Studies on Roundup, Emails Indicate (3-15-2017)
EPA Official Bragged About Hiding Monsanto's Cancerous Truth (3-14-2017)
Monsanto Weed Killer Roundup Faces New Doubts on Safety in Unsealed Documents (3-14-2017)
Glyphosate Issue Paper: Evaluation of Carcinogenic Potential - EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs (9-12-2016)
Conclusion on the Peer Review of the Pesticide Risk Assessment of the Active Substance Glyphosate (11-12-2015)
What Do We Really Know About Roundup Weed Killer? (4-23-2015)
Roundup Weedkiller ‘Probably’ Causes Cancer, Says WHO Study (3-21-2015)
IARC Monographs Volume 112: Evaluation of Five Organophosphate Insecticides and Herbicides (3-20-2015)
Study: Glyphosate Doubles Risk of Lymphoma (5-23-2014)
Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and Occupational Exposure to Agricultural Pesticide Chemical Groups and Active Ingredients: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis (4-23-2014)
Pesticide Exposure as Risk Factor for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Including Histopathological Subgroup Analysis (10-1-2008)
Integrative Assessment of Multiple Pesticides as Risk Factors for Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Among Men (9-2003)
Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and Specific Pesticide Exposures in Men (11-2001)