2nd Jury Finds That RoundUp Caused Cancer In California Man
In the 2nd trial in as little as eight months against chemical giant Monsanto, a jury has found that Monsanto’s product RoundUp was a substantial factor in causing cancer in a California man.
According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff Edwin Hardeman began using RoundUp “in the 1980’s to control poison oak and weeds on his property. For many years (Hardeman) sprayed Roundup on a regular basis… (and) followed all safety and precautionary warnings during the course of use.” In 2015, Hardeman was subsequently diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. In 2016, Hardeman and his attorneys filed a lawsuit against Monsanto in the US District Court of the Northern District of California.
Although the jury has ruled that RoundUp was found to cause Hardeman’s cancer, the trial is still not over as the 2nd part of the bifurcated trial will determine whether Monsanto is liable for the damages. Attorneys for Hardeman seek to prove that Monsanto spent years continuing to peddle a product that they knew could potentially cause cancer.
In August of last year, a California state jury initially awarded $289 million to another California man, Dewayne Johnson, a former school groundskeeper who was diagnosed with terminal non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The award was later irresponsibly reduced to $78 million by San Francisco Superior Court Judge Suzanne Bolanos after Monsanto pleaded for less punitive “punishment” damages to which Judge Bolanos unbelievably obliged. Even though Johnson and his attorneys had accepted the 72% decrease in damages, Monsanto has egregiously decided to continue to appeal the court’s decision.
What Is Glyphosate?
Glyphosate, the active ingredient in RoundUp, is a chemical herbicide used to kill weeds and grass by way of blocking specific enzymes in certain plants. Glyphosate’s herbicidal properties were discovered by chemist John Franz while working for Monsanto in 1970 where, after the discovery, Monsanto began to design and manufacture “RoundUp” for commercial distribution.
In 1996, the New York Attorney General filed a lawsuit against Monsanto for falsely advertising that Glyphosate was “safer than table salt,” and “practically non-toxic.” Monsanto later agreed to enter an “Assurance of Discontinuance” with the New York Attorney General, discontinuing any advertisements of RoundUp that would deem it “safe” and “non-toxic,” however this agreement was only confined to the state of New York as Monsanto continued to falsely advertise RoundUp throughout the rest of the world.
In 2009, the Court of Cassation (France’s highest court) ruled that Monsanto was guilty of falsely advertising claims of RoundUp’s safety, claiming it to be “biodegradable” and that it “left soil clean.”
In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a department of the World Health Organization, released a report following numerous studies on the effects of glyphosate, classifying it as a “Class 2A – Probable Carcinogen” to humans.
Does RoundUp Cause Cancer?
As glyphosate is an active ingredient in RoundUp, years of research, mountains of evidence shown in thousands of victims suffering from non-Hodgkin lymphoma after being exposed to RoundUp for long periods of time, and now a jury have all concluded that RoundUp, through its glyphosate ingredient, causes cancer.
Who Are Most At-Risk Of Cancer Caused By RoundUp?
Those with professions in groundskeeping, farming, and agriculture where they are exposed to large quantities of RoundUp in a given workday or work week. Non-professional users, such as Hardeman, who have used RoundUp regularly for an extended period of time may also be at risk for cancer such as non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
If you feel that you may be at-risk of cancer, speak to your doctor immediately to help discover symptoms and signs of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
I Was Diagnosed With Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma And I Have Used RoundUp In The Past, What Should I Do?
Your health should be your #1 priority, however, seeking legal counsel would potentially be something you should strongly consider. Unfortunately, cancer treatment can be incredibly expensive and an experienced defective product attorney can help seek potential compensation for your ailment.
Call The Texas RoundUp Cancer Lawyers at Moore Law Firm Today
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma due to prolonged use of RoundUp, call the Texas RoundUp Cancer lawyers at Moore Law Firm for your free, private consultation.