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Roundup, a product manufactured by Monsanto, is one of the most popular weed killers in the world. It is used by everyone from backyard gardeners to huge farming operations. However, allegations of a link between Roundup and certain cancers have been swirling for several years. Many insist the use of the product can cause a variety of cancers, including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, large B-cell lymphoma, mantle cell lymphoma, follicular lymphoma, T-cell lymphoma, and other types of cancers.
A jury in San Francisco has validated the cancer claim by ruling that Roundup caused terminal cancer in a former groundskeeper. The victim, who worked for a school district near San Francisco, used the weed killer between 20 and 30 times per year in his work, and was soaked twice with the product. He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2014. Today he is covered in lesions and is, at times, too ill to even speak. The San Francisco jury ordered Monsanto to pay the terminally ill man $39 million in compensatory damages and $250 million in punitive damages.
The main ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate, is likely carcinogenic to humans, according to the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer. Although there was limited evidence that the herbicide glyphosate was connected to carcinogenicity in humans for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, researchers believe that there may be a synergistic effect caused by glyphosate and other ingredients in Roundup, making it more carcinogenic.
The case against Monsanto lies not just in the fact that it is believed to be carcinogenic, but also in the fact that the company did not warn consumers of the risk. Since Roundup has been used for approximately 40 years, many may have been unknowingly affected, and more than 4,000 cases have already been filed.
If you or someone you love has suffered an illness because of a potentially harmful product, we will provide powerful advocacy for your case. To learn about your legal options, call the experienced Philadelphia toxic tort lawyers at Williams Cedar at 215-557-0099 today to arrange a free consultation. You can also contact us online. We represent clients throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and nationwide. Our offices are conveniently located in Philadelphia and Haddonfield, New Jersey.