The Monsanto Company is facing class action lawsuits filed on behalf of farmers who claim the company’s new Dicamba herbicide damaged crops that were not resistant to the chemical.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured by Dicamba, you should contact our law firm immediately.
What is Dicamba?
Dicamba is a herbicide that selectively kills broad-leafed weeds (as opposed to grass family plants). The chemical controls annual and perennial broadleaf weeds in grain crops and grasslands, and is used to control brush and bracken in pastures.
How Does it Work?
Dicamba works by creating a hormone imbalance in susceptible plants that interferes with cell division, cell enlargement and protein synthesis, eventually killing the plant.
Who Makes it?
Dicamba is manufactured by the Monsanto Company, the same company that makes Roundup weedkiller.
What’s the Problem?
In October 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched a criminal investigation into the illegal application of older, drift prone formulations of dicamba onto genetically modified plants engineered by Monsanto. Older formulations have been reported to drift after application and affect other crops not meant to be treated.
Has a Class Action Been Filed?
At least three class action lawsuits have been filed on behalf of farmers in 10 states over crop damage alleged from dicamba drift. Plaintiffs are seeking unspecified damages for damage to crops, fruits and trees that weren’t dicamba-resistant.
Have Other Herbicides Been Linked to Drift?
Other drift complaints have been filed involving weedkillers such as paraquat and Roundup. However, most of those drift events are localized and allege damage of only 100-200 acres.
How Widespread is Crop Damage from Dicamba Drift?
Some farmers have complained of dicamba crop damage of 1,000 acres or more. A single county in Arkansas reported at least 20,000 acres of dicamba drift injury.
Has Dicamba Been Linked to Health Effects in Humans?
Dicamba is considered to be even more toxic than glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup. Signs and symptoms of dicamba toxicity include:
- Loss of appetite (anorexia)
- Muscle weakness
- Slowed heart rate
- Shortness of breath
- Central nervous system effects (victim may become excited or depressed)
- Benzoic acid in the urine
- Cyanosis (bluing of the skin and gums)
- Exhaustion following repeated muscle spasms
Is Your Firm Accepting Dicamba Injury Suits?
Our lawyers are currently only investigating injury reports associated with Dicamba. No lawsuits have yet been filed. We are not filing claims related to crop damage from Dicamba.
Do I Have a Dicamba Lawsuit?
The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is investigating injury reports associated with the use of Dicamba herbicide. If you or a loved one was injured, you should contact our law firm immediately.