Roundup Cancer Risk: Monsanto Faces More Than 11,000 Lawsuits
NOTE: This is an update to our announcement concerning Roundup weed killer lawsuits in North Carolina
Multiple studies have revealed Roundup cancer risk associated with the popular weed killer. More than 11,000 Roundup lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturer, Monsanto, alleging that the company hid the dangers of Roundup from agricultural workers and consumers.
DeWayne “Lee” Johnson, a 46-year-old groundskeeper who developed non-Hodgkins lymphoma after using Roundup for more than 2 years, was awarded $289 million by a jury in August 2018. In March 2019, a second jury in California decided that Roundup was a “substantial factor” in causing a 70-year-old man’s cancer. That jury awarded $80 million in compensatory and punitive damages.
Monsanto continues to fight the allegations.
Monsanto disputes Roundup cancer risk studies
Despite numerous studies linking Roundup weed killer to cancer, Monsanto claims that Roundup is a safe product, and has vowed to fight the lawsuits. Bayer AG, which acquired Monsanto last year, has a large presence in Raleigh, and the majority of North Carolina’s commercial farmers use Roundup on their crops. In fact, it is estimated that Roundup is used on 80 percent of U.S. croplands.
Bayer CEO Werner Baumann recently said in a statement that the active ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate, “is a safe product.”
Multiple, extensive studies dispute this assessment. In 2017, California included Roundup on its list of cancerous chemicals. It also became the first state to require Roundup warning labels that describe glyphosate’s connection to cancer. Before reversing itself in 1991 after extensive industry lobbying, the EPA even issued a warning that glyphosate may cause cancer.
For more information on studies examining the risk of cancer presented by Roundup, visit our page on Roundup lawsuits.
Roundup lawsuit attorneys in North Carolina
If you’re concerned about Roundup cancer risk, and you or a loved one has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma or other cancer, you may be entitled to compensation and the Roundup lawsuit attorneys at Riddle & Brantley are actively evaluating these cases. Contact us for a free case review.
As always, there are no attorney fees if there is no recovery.