Although there is no Monsanto Roundup class action lawsuit pending as of August 2016, a Roundup lawsuit attorney may be able to help people who have been injured after exposure of the chemical herbicide. For years, farmers, farm workers, landscapers and homeowners have used the product to kill weeds that invade their crops. Lawsuits allege, however, that the herbicide may be linked to certain forms of cancer, including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Affected people and their families may be able to file a lawsuit and pursue compensation with the help of a Roundup lawsuit attorney.
For more information, contact Attorney Group today. Our consultations are free, confidential and without any obligation on your part. We can help answer your questions, and if you choose to pursue a claim we can connect you with an affiliated Monsanto Roundup class action lawsuit attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.
What is Roundup?
Roundup herbicide is a weed killer commonly used by farmers, homeowners and gardeners worldwide. Developed by Monsanto in the 1970s, Roundup works by inhibiting an enzyme found in plants, interfering with proteins necessary for plant growth. Since Monsanto’s introduction of glyphosate-resistant crops (also known as “Roundup Ready”) in 1996, sales of Roundup and their seeds have skyrocketed. Roundup continues to be one of the most widely used herbicides in the world.
Roundup and Cancer
In 2015, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified the main ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate, as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” In their report, the IARC noted that there was limited evidence of carcinogenicity in humans for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and lung cancer. The agency’s classification is based on significant findings from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and more recent positive results in concluding that there is sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity in experimental animals.
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a form of malignant lymphoma characterized by swollen lymph nodes, fever, belly pain or chest pain. According to the American Cancer Society, over 70,000 people will be diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2016. Of those, about 20,000 diagnoses will die.
Is There a Monsanto Roundup Class Action?
As of August 2016, a Roundup class action lawsuit has not been filed. Roundup class action lawsuit attorneys believe that it is unlikely that a class action will be certified for people who are adversely affected by the product. Instead, multiple Roundup lawsuits have been filed against Monsanto alleging injuries and other damages caused by Roundup herbicide and similar products. A motion to transfer was filed in July 2016 with the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) seeking to consolidate lawsuits for discovery and other pretrial proceedings.
When cases are consolidated in this way in federal court, it is known as multidistrict litigation (MDL), and on a state level it is known as a state court consolidated proceeding. MDLs are distinct from class actions, and it is generally agreed that consolidating cases instead of proceeding in a class action is a more efficient and effective way of handling claims arising from injuries caused by harmful products.
The motion to transfer notes 21 claims filed in U.S. district courts. Likewise, over 200 additional plaintiffs claim that they developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after exposure to glyphosate in Roundup.
How a Monsanto Roundup Class Action Lawsuit Can Help
Makers of herbicides have a duty to sell products that are free from defects and that are not unreasonably dangerous. If a product poses a risk of serious injury, the manufacturer must provide adequate warnings of the danger. Failure to do this can make the manufacturer legally responsible for injuries caused by the product, and people harmed may be entitled to compensation, including:
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of income or ability to work
If a loved one dies as a result of exposure to Roundup herbicide, his or her family members may be able to pursue compensation for the wrongful death of their loved one. Wrongful death damages can include:
- Loss of relationship or financial support of a loved one
- Mental anguish, and pain and suffering from the loss of a loved one
- Funeral expenses
- Conscious pain and suffering of a loved one prior to death
People who have sustained injuries caused by Roundup herbicide are encouraged to seek legal counsel from a qualified Monsanto Roundup class action lawyer.
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