Pursuing a Roundup Weedkiller Lawsuit
There are currently over 18,000 pending lawsuits against Bayer, parent company of Monsanto, over links between their popular weedkiller Roundup and cancer – particularly non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL). Most recently, former ESPN analyst and NFL running back Merril Hoge filed a lawsuit claiming his use of Roundup on an Idaho farm in the late 1970s caused his cancer. Despite protests from Monsanto over the scientific accuracy of the link, research by the World Health Organization has shown glyphosate, an active ingredient in Roundup, to cause harm in large doses.
Juries in at least three major recent lawsuits have agreed. Though judges in all three cases have retroactively reduced symbolically high punitive damages, there has been wide judicial agreement not only that glyphosate can cause NHL, but also that Monsanto knew about the danger and failed to properly inform consumers. After reviewing the evidence, juries are clearly finding that Roundup presents a danger to the public.
If you believe you have been adversely exposed to Roundup weedkiller, the information below will help guide you in determining if you should pursue a legal claim.
Who is eligible to sue for illness connected to Roundup?
Anyone exposed to Roundup within the last decade can look into pursuing a case. People directly exposed to the weedkiller have an increased risk of contracting blood and lymphatic cancers, such as leukemia, lymphoma, or non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and may have a claim.
Roundup users with the most significant glyphosate exposure and cancer link include:
- People consistently using Roundup on a routine basis over a period of years.
- Working-age adults involved in agriculture, landscaping, and groundskeeping.
- People diagnosed with NHL subtype diffuse large B-cell.
- NHL diagnosis occurring at least five years after the first use of Roundup.
How do I prove my Roundup case?
As the plaintiff, you will need to show that the timing of your Roundup exposure is relative to the timing of your lymphatic cancer diagnosis. If possible, you should gather the following documentation or evidence:
- Receipts or invoices for purchase of Roundup, with dates.
- Photos of the bottle(s) used, showing serial numbers.
- Photos of you using the product, with dates.
It’s also important to carefully collect any medical records regarding your diagnosis and treatment, including dates of appointments.
Where can I open a Roundup lawsuit?
Attorneys are currently filing Roundup cases across the country. As long as you meet other eligibility requirements, you can pursue a lawsuit against Monsanto from any state. You can learn more about how products liability works in Oregon through 2017 ORS 30.900.
If you have more questions or are interested in pursuing a case against Monsanto over Roundup, the attorneys at Nelson MacNeil Rayfield would be interested in hearing your story and seeing how best our law firm can help you.