Jury finds Roundup caused cancer; hits Monsanto with $250 million in punitive damages

Jury finds Roundup caused cancer; hits Monsanto with $250 million in punitive damages

Lear Werts is investigating claims that exposure to Monsanto’s herbicide, Glyphosate (marketed as Roundup), has caused people to develop cancer. A jury recently found Monsanto liable and ordered it to pay $289.25 million in damages, $250 million of which was punitive damages issued to punish Monsanto for what the jury determined was its ill motive. More than 500 lawsuits are pending against Monsanto in a coordinated case, called a multidistrict litigation, filed in San Francisco. And several thousand cases are pending against Monsanto in state court. Experts believe that Glyphosate (Roundup) causes non-Hodgkin lymphoma and small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL).

According to the American Cancer Society, Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma is cancer of the blood that begins in the body’s white blood cells, which are part of the immune system that help fight infections and other diseases. Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma can either grow more slowly as indolent tumors or it can cause aggressive lymphomas. Unfortunately, all non-Hodgkin lymphomas have the capacity to spread to other parts of the body including the brain, liver, and bone marrow.

According to the National Cancer Institute, small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL) is a slow-growing cancer in which immature white blood cells are found in the blood and bone marrow or in the lymph nodes. CLL (chronic lymphocytic leukemia) and SLL are the same disease, but in CLL the cancer cells are found primarily in the blood and bone marrow, whereas in SLL the cancer cells are found mainly in the lymph nodes. Both cancers are classified as varieties of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

The primary ingredient in Roundup is a chemical called Glyphosate. Monsanto claims that Glyphosate, and by extension Roundup, is safe. But, as a jury recently found, the evidence suggests otherwise. In 2015, Roundup was branded as “probably carcinogenic” by the World Health Organization. Further, there are other epidemiological studies—including studies Monsanto was aware of—supporting the proposition that Roundup causes cancer.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, and have a history of exposure to Roundup, then you may have a claim. For a no-cost case evaluation and consultation with one of our attorneys, please call 573-875-1991 or contact us through this website.

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