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October 22nd, 2018
In August 2018, a California jury found agrochemical company Monsanto liable in a lawsuit filed by a former groundskeeper who developed cancer after years of using its glyphosate-based weedkiller Roundup. Monsanto was ordered to pay the groundskeeper $289 million in damages: $39 million in compensatory damages and $250 million in punitive damages.
Bayer, Monsanto’s parent company, says the number of active cases against the agrochemical supplier has increased from 5,200 when it acquired Monsanto to 8,000. Reuters reports that Bayer is bracing for “years of legal wrangling over alleged cancer risks of glyphosate-based weedkillers.”
Plaintiffs have filed lawsuits in both federal courts and state courts in Missouri, Delaware, and California. The California jury that found Monsanto liable for the groundskeeper’s cancer diagnosis concluded that Roundup presented a “substantial danger” to the plaintiff and that the company knew or should have known about the potential risks its product posed.
At Dudley DeBosier, our Louisiana defective product lawyers know how damaging and harmful glyphosate-containing products can be to the people who use them or who come into contact with them.
Roundup has been commonly used in homes, businesses, and farms for years, and that means millions of people may have been exposed to it. Potentially dangerous levels of exposure can occur via several means, including:
People throughout Louisiana may have been exposed to Roundup, whether they live in suburbs, cities, farms, or rural areas. If you or someone you love was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin Lymphoma that you believe may be linked to Roundup exposure, contact us today.