Roundup Lawsuits

Roundup is a popular weedkiller that was used commercially and sold to homeowners. Its active ingredient is glyphosate, and recent research indicates that the substance may be carcinogenic to humans. Some people who were exposed to Roundup have developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. If you believe you may be impacted by exposure to Roundup, contact the diligent mass torts attorneys at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin to understand your legal options for pursuing compensation.

Monsanto developed Roundup, but Bayer purchased Roundup and other Monsanto product lines in 2018. Thousands of cancer patients have received settlements from Monsanto, and thousands more cases are pending against Bayer. Anyone with a diagnosis of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma who believes their diagnosis could be related to chemical exposure should reach out to our firm to see if they are eligible for the Roundup lawsuits.

Roundup Exposure Is Common

Roundup is an effective weedkiller. Over 200 million pounds of it are used agriculturally annually, not including use in residences, golf courses, and commercial properties. The CDC reports that up to 80 percent of U.S. residents may have traces of Roundup in their urine.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency does not classify glyphosate as a probable carcinogen, but the World Health Organization does. Proof of an apparent link between glyphosate and cancer is accumulating. For example, a 2019 study found that significant agricultural exposure to glyphosate increases the risk of developing non-Hodgkins lymphoma by 41 percent. The lawsuits for Roundup claim that Monsanto knew of the link between glyphosate and cancer, and they actively hid the information for years. They seek compensation for the company’s failure to warn of the dangers of the chemical.

What Is the Mass Tort Process?

When many people have the same or similar claims, courts often consolidate them. Each injured person, also known as a plaintiff, retains their case, but the parties select just a few representative cases to go to trial. These are called bellwether trials. If the plaintiffs win verdicts at the bellwether trials, the defendant typically offers to settle all the pending cases.

This process is called multidistrict litigation or a mass tort. A mass tort is currently underway regarding Roundup and cancer diagnoses. Several bellwether trials have been held as of 2024, and plaintiffs have received favorable verdicts, including large punitive damages awards.

There are still thousands of cases pending and more likely to be added. Anyone with a recent diagnosis of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and documented exposure to Roundup should consult our attorneys as soon as possible to see if they are eligible for the lawsuit. Illinois and Indiana residents have two years from the date of their diagnosis to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for their injuries.

Manufacturers’ Response to the Lawsuits

Although Bayer continues to assert that Roundup does not cause cancer, it has taken steps to reduce its exposure. It has taken Roundup for residential use off the market and is reformulating its products for non-agricultural use to eliminate glyphosate. Roundup with glyphosate remains on the market for agricultural use.

Monsanto paid over $10 billion to settle lawsuits filed before Bayer bought the Roundup line. Although the company is defending the lawsuits that come to trial, Bayer will likely try to settle the remaining active cases and establish a fund to settle future cases.

When a plaintiff files a case consolidated into a mass tort, they usually do not have to go to trial. Instead, when the manufacturer decides to settle the litigation, the plaintiff can prove their damages. These include medical expenses, lost wages, and money to compensate for their pain and suffering. An understanding attorney could help a plaintiff in a lawsuit for Roundup to calculate and prove their damages.

Work With a Knowledgeable Attorney To Pursue Damages for Roundup-Related Cancers

Manufacturers made huge profits from Roundup, but the damage they did to the people who developed cancer due to Roundup exposure is incalculable. Participating in the Roundup lawsuits is a way to hold the manufacturer accountable.

The experienced attorneys at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin are collaborating with firms across the country to get justice for those impacted by Roundup. Contact us today to find out whether you are eligible to participate in the Roundup mass tort action. We would be happy to set up an initial consultation at your convenience.


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