Bayer AG was ordered to pay $25 million to a man who alleged exposure to the company’s Roundup weedkiller caused his cancer, but the company has since asked a federal appeals court to toss the judgment.
According to Bayer, the man’s suit was a “speculative case” that should never have made it before a jury, and the $25 million verdict flew in the face of both regulatory findings and sound science.
Bayer continues to maintain that its Roundup weed killer is a safe product, and that the active ingredient, glyphosate, does not cause cancer, despite the tens of thousands of Roundup cancer lawsuits the company is currently facing in the U.S.
The non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma Roundup lawsuit was filed by Edwin H., who alleged that his exposure to Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller (Monsanto is now owned by Bayer) caused him to develop the disease.
Researchers at the University of Washington recently found that agricultural workers exposed to large amounts of glyphosate during the course of their jobs faced a significantly increased risk of being diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
In March, a jury determined the company should pay Edwin H. $80 million in damages, but in July, the trial court judge reduced the amount to $25 million.
During the trial, lawyers argued that Monsanto had failed to warn consumers about the cancer risk associated with the use of Roundup, and further, had actually concealed evidence to this effect from both the public and federal regulators.
This was the third Roundup case to go to trial in a United States court.
At trial, lawyers argued that Monsanto had failed to warn consumers of Roundup’s cancer risk and said the company concealed damaging evidence from public and regulatory view. Bayer rejects those allegations
In its appeal of the non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma Roundup lawsuit, Bayer is arguing that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that glyphosate is not a carcinogen. However, other organizations—including the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer, as well as the state of California, have classified the chemical as a known human carcinogen.
Filing a Roundup Cancer Lawsuit
If you or someone you love was exposed to Roundup, especially as part of an occupation, and has since been diagnosed with cancer—including Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, or acute lymphocytic leukemia—you may be able to file a lawsuit and pursue compensation. Of course, filing a lawsuit cannot take away the pain and suffering caused by a cancer diagnosis, nor can it bring a loved one back to life, but it can at least help to alleviate the financial burden incurred by medical expenses, lost wages, and more.
Filing a lawsuit can be a daunting prospect, especially while dealing with a recent cancer diagnosis, so Top Class Actions has laid the groundwork by connecting you with an experienced attorney. Consulting an attorney can help you determine if you have a claim, navigate the complexities of litigation, and maximize your potential compensation.
If you or a loved one developed cancer after using Roundup as a farm worker or home gardener, you may have a legal claim. Legal migrant farm workers may also seek help. Learn more by filling out the form on this page for a FREE case evaluation.
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