Lawsuits are being filed against the Monsanto Company alleging that its popular Roundup weed killer causes non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a deadly type of cancer that attacks the lymphatic system.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one got cancer from 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.
Update: Judge Orders Bayer to Begin Settlement Negotiations with Plaintiffs in Roundup Lawsuits
April 18, 2019 – The judge overseeing the multidistrict litigation (MDL 2741) created to handle lawsuits alleging cancer from Roundup weed killer has instructed Bayer AG to pursue mediation with plaintiffs, asking the company to settle as many of the thousands of cases pending against it before they reach the trial phase. There are currently more than 11,200 lawsuits pending against Bayer AG, which bought out Monsanto last September for $63 billion, and the company has lost 2 straight bellwether trials in a row.
Roundup Cancer Studies
Concerns about the safety of Roundup herbicide have plagued Monsanto for decades. Those fears have only grown after the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2015 declared that glyphosate — the active ingredient in Roundup — was ‘probably carcinogenic’ to humans based on evidence from the following studies:
- In 2008, a study published in the International Journal of Cancer found a doubled increased risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma among men who were exposed to glyphosate.
- Research published in Occupational and Environmental Medicine in September 2003 found a 60% increased risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma based on data from three large clinical studies of U.S. farmworkers.
- A November 2001 study published in Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers found that higher exposures to glyphosate were associated with increased rates of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
What is Lymphoma?
Lymphoma is a type of cancer that begins in the lymph system in white blood cells called lymphocytes. When these cells become abnormal, they don’t protect the body from infection or disease. They also grow out of control and form lumps of tissue called tumors.
Lymphomas are either Hodgkin lymphomas or non-Hodgkin lymphomas. Hodgkin lymphomas have a type of cell called Reed-Sternberg cells. Lymphomas without these cells are non-Hodgkin lymphomas.
Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Symptoms
- Enlarged lymph nodes
- Swollen abdomen
- Feeling full after only a small amount of food
- Chest pain or pressure
- Shortness of breath or cough
- Weight loss
- Night sweats
- Fatigue (extreme tiredness)
- Low red blood cell counts (anemia)
Treatment options for non-Hodgkin lymphoma depend on the stage of the cancer, symptoms, age and overall health of the patient. Once these are determined, treatments may include one or more of the following:
- Radiation therapy
- Proton therapy
- Stem cell transplantation
- Watchful waiting
Prognosis and Survival Rate
Survival rates for non-Hodgkin lymphoma vary widely, depending on stage of the cancer, age of the patient, and other variables. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), the overall 5-year relative survival rate for patients with non-Hodgkin lymphoma is 67% and the 10-year relative survival rate is 55%.
Exposure to Roundup “Most Significant Contributing Factor” in Plaintiffs’ Cancer, Pathologist Says
April 9, 2019 – A pathologist from the City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, California, who claims to have poured over more than 2,000 pages of medical records for the plaintiffs in the next Roundup cancer trial concluded that exposure to glyphosate was the “most significant contributing factor” in causing their development of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Dr. Dennis Weisenburger, who was hired by the plaintiffs and has authored nearly 400 peer-reviewed articles on non-Hodgkin lymphoma, seemed confident in his assertion that Roundup was the likely causative agent in both plaintiffs’ development of the disease.
Roundup Lymphoma Lawsuit in the Hands of California Jury
March 13, 2019 – Monsanto Roundup was a major contributor to a California man’s development of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, his attorneys stated during closing arguments on Tuesday in the first bellwether trial over the controversial herbicide, while the defense team argued that the man’s cancer was unique and there was to way to determine what caused it. The suit, filed on behalf of 70-year-old Plaintiff Edward Hardeman, is just the second of more than 11,000 similar complaints brought by people who claim they got cancer from Monsanto Roundup herbicide.
Roundup Cancer Litigation Status
In September 2016, a panel of judges consolidated all federal lawsuits alleging cancer from Roundup in a multidistrict litigation (MDL No. 2741) in the Northern District of California before U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria. The complaints allege that Monsanto knew or should have known that exposure to glyphosate may increase the risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and other types of cancer.
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 cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you were diagnosed with any type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma after using or being exposed to Roundup weed killer, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.