Lawsuits are being filed against the Monsanto Company alleging that side effects of its Roundup weed killer may increase the risk of anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), an aggressive blood cancer that occurs when white blood cells called lymphocytes grow out of control.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after using or being exposed to Roundup, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against Monsanto and our lawyers can help.
Does Roundup Cause Cancer?
In March 2015, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, as “probably carcinogenic in humans.” The agency’s report was based on a large number of epidemiological studies, animal studies, and in vitro studies. Likewise, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has stated that some studies suggest glyphosate and other similar herbicides may be linked to an increased risk for non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL).
What is Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma?
Anaplastic large cell lymphoma is an aggressive (fast-growing) type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which is cancer that begins in the lymphatic tissue. The main types of cells involved in ALCL are lymphocyte white blood cells called T-cells and null cells. When these cells undergo changes and do not behave normally, lymphoma may result. Lymphomas are divided into two broad categories: Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Anaplastic large cell lymphoma is classified as a non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Initial symptoms of anaplastic large cell lymphoma include:
- Painless swelling of lymph nodes
- Loss of appetite
ALCL that appears on the skin (cutaneous) may cause raised, red skin lesions that do not go away, have a tendency to ulcerate, and may itch. These lesions are tumors, and they can appear on any part of the body, often grow very slowly, and may be present for a long time before being diagnosed.
ALCL Risk from Breast Implants
In January 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning regarding a possible link between both saline and silicone breast implants and anaplastic large cell lymphoma in tissues near the implant. The link came to light when a study found 34 women with ALCL in a breast with an implant. Because ALCL is an extremely rare form of cancer, FDA researchers looked into other studies and found at least 30 other women who had been diagnosed with ALCL in a breast with an implant. Most of the women had the implants to enlarge the breasts, not as reconstruction after breast cancer surgery.
Anaplastic large cell lymphoma is usually treated with the chemotherapy regimen CHOP (cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine and prednisolone). Other treatments may include radiotherapy, stem cell transplants and steroid therapy.
Roundup Cancer Lawsuit Status
The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) has centralized all federal lawsuits alleging cancer from Roundup herbicide before U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria in the Northern District of California. As of October 2016, there were at least 21 actions pending in 14 different districts. Including potential tag-along actions, there are now at least 37 actions pending in 21 districts.
The lawsuits allege that Roundup causes non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and that Plaintiffs or their loved ones developed cancer after using Roundup over the course of several or more years. Plaintiffs further allege that use of glyphosate in combination with other ingredients, particularly the surfactant polyethoxylated tallow amine (POEA), renders Roundup even more toxic than glyphosate when used alone.
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?
Most states have their own time limits, called “statutes of limitations,” regarding how long injured parties have to bring a claim. However, most people alleging cancer from Roundup will fall within the statute of limitations if they contact an attorney right away. To learn more about the time limit associated with your potential claim, fill out the form below and one of our attorneys will contact you as soon as possible.
Do I Have a Roundup Lawsuit?
The Class Action Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Roundup cancer lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new non-Hodgkin lymphoma cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you got cancer from Roundup herbicide, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.