Update: Roundup Cancer Lawsuits, March 2024

Through countless trials and a vast array of evidence, juries have determined that Roundup is indeed a cancer-causing carcinogen. The popular weed killer contains glyphosate, which is believed to cause an increased risk of cancers like multiple myeloma, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and hairy cell leukemia.

In the beginning, these cases were seen as a toss-up, but juries have made it clear that they are buying the science against Roundup’s safety and they are angry at Monsanto and Bayer for exposing the public to this dangerous product. This was made abundantly clear when they agreed to pay almost $11 billion to settle most Roundup cancer claims in 2020.

In January 2024, the largest Roundup Lawsuit verdict to date was awarded to a Pennsylvania man who claimed that using the weed killer resulted in his non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Totaling in a whopping $2.25 billion, the verdict followed five other successful cases in 2023.

Many experienced class action attorneys predicted large settlements in the past several years – and it turns out they were right. As of March 2024, 4,253 Roundup cancer lawsuits are still pending in the California Roundup MDL.

If you or a loved one experienced cancer following exposure to Roundup, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Call Fenstersheib Law Group at 1-800-TELL ROBERT to obtain a no-obligation, free case review today!

What Exactly Is Roundup?

Roundup is the most popular weed killer in the world. It is commonly used on lawns and in public gardens, parks, and playgrounds. Roundup makes over six billion dollars in revenue for Monsanto each year. Over 250 million pounds of Roundup is sprayed every year, worldwide, despite the World Health Organization declaring its main ingredient a probable human carcinogen in 2015.

Roundup Side Effects And High-Risk Workers

The most serious long-term side effect of exposure to glyphosate in Roundup is cancer – specifically non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Leukemia, multiple myeloma, and B-cell lymphoma.

Farmers and farm hands have been identified as being the most at-risk group for developing non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, which may start in any part of the body. Symptoms of non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma include anemia, shortness of breath, chest pain, and lymph node swelling

Additionally, garden center employees are at the highest risk of developing leukemia after exposure to Roundup. Symptoms of leukemia include easy bruising, bleeding, severe infections, chills, fatigue, fever, and recurring nosebleeds.

Those at the highest risk of developing B-cell lymphoma are employees in nurseries. The symptoms of this cancer can include chills, night sweats, swelling of the spleen, pain or swelling of the head, and fever.

Research History

In September of 2003, researchers began to study over 3,000 farmers and farm employees in the Midwestern United States. An article was published in The Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, claiming that higher rates of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma had been associated with exposure to glyphosate.

Another research article in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (which focused on over 30 years of research on the link between non-Hodgkin lymphoma and exposure to agricultural pesticides) was published soon after. It found a very significant increase in the incidence of this particular cancer over the last 30 years. The article also asserted that while farmers tend to have low mortality rates overall, they show high rates of certain cancers. This confirmed that glyphosate exposure is associated with B-cell lymphoma.

Over ten years later, a report by the well-respected International Agency for Research on Cancer found glyphosate to be a probable carcinogen, as it caused cancer in lab animals and damage to human cell DNA. In response to all this research, Monsanto/Bayer has presented their own expert, Dr. Donna Farmer. Dr. Farmer has been paid by Monsanto to study chemicals for over 20 years. She claims to disagree with these findings of cancer risks. She has deflected by accusing the International Agency for Research on Cancer of interpreting studies in a different manner than researchers who actually conducted the study intended.

Jurors have been tasked with deciding whether to believe Dr. Farmer or the scientists who claim these pesticides cause cancer, according to their research. The verdicts speak for themselves in this case – with billions of dollars being awarded to victims.

The Environmental Protection Agency is the latest organization to begin evaluating glyphosate. Many cities and states have introduced bills to ban or restrict the use of Roundup in public areas, with much success.

As far as countries outside of the U.S., a bill has already passed in France, banning the pesticide from gardening centers. Denmark's Working Environmental Authority has also warned gardeners not to use it.

Evidence Found Against Monsanto

In 2017, shocking documents were released revealing that a former deputy director of the EPA’s pesticide program had offered to bury an FDA study for Monsanto, proving the link between Roundup and certain cancers. Two years later, a trial judge ruled that any evidence that Monsanto downplayed the risks of Roundup was absolutely relevant to the claims against the company.

Monsanto/Bayer continues to defend Roundup, claiming that the product is perfectly safe for people to use. They have refused to put cancer warnings on their pesticide products for decades. Countless lawsuits have now been filed against Monsanto/Bayer and compensation has been awarded to many victims.

Given the fact that millions of agricultural workers alone have been exposed to Roundup over the past four decades – and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma has become one of the most common cancers during that time period – there are likely to be many more successful lawsuits.

In response to the creation of a Roundup Multi-District Litigation, Monsanto's attorneys quickly filed multiple motions with the goal of limiting discovery and the scope of the class action litigation. Those efforts were shot down repeatedly.

Roundup Lawsuits

In 2019, a class action suit was filed by Lisa Jones, Horacio Torres Bonilla and Kristoffer Yee on behalf of other victims, accusing Monsanto of false advertising. This was due to its claim that Roundup is harmless to humans. These plaintiffs are seeking reimbursement for Roundup product purchases rather than filing personal injury claims.

There are many active and closed cases involving injuries related to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. As of 2024, the status of these lawsuits is as follows:

  • August 2018: A California state jury awarded $289 million to a Roundup plaintiff.
  • March 2019: A California state jury awarded $80 million to a Roundup plaintiff.
  • May 2019: A California state jury awarded $2 billion to a Roundup plaintiff.
  • June 2020: Bayer offered $10.9 billion to settle about 100,000 Roundup weed killer lawsuit claims.
  • May 2021: San Francisco Judge Vince Chhabria denied Bayer’s Roundup class action lawsuit offer to settle future Roundup cancer claims for $2 billion.
  • June 2023: Bayer settled claims for misleading consumers about Roundup's environmental effects.
  • October 2023: A San Diego jury awarded $332 million to a cancer patient, finding Monsanto failed to adequately warn of Roundup's cancer risks.
  • November 2023: A Missouri jury awarded $1.56 billion to four plaintiffs alleging Roundup caused them or their spouses to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma, with Bayer resolving about 113,000 out of 165,000 lawsuits.
  • December 2023: A jury ordered Bayer to pay $3.5 million to a plaintiff alleging Roundup caused her cancer.
  • January 2024: A Pennsylvania jury awarded John McKivison a $2.25 billion verdict after claiming Roundup caused his non-Hodgkin lymphoma from 20 years of use around his property.
  • February 2024: The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Bayer's argument on federal labeling of pesticides trumping state requirements that they come with a cancer warning. This complicated Bayer's legal strategy regarding Roundup cancer lawsuits.

Despite Bayer's offer of up to $10.9 billion to settle over 100,000 Roundup personal injury claims, numerous cases remain pending and unresolved. As individuals could still develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma following Roundup usage, there remains the possibility of future settlements and jury verdicts for these claimants.

Legal representatives continue to accept claims for potential settlements or litigation in court.

Were You Or A Loved One’s Health Affected By Roundup? Fenstersheib Law Group Is Here To Help!

Our firm is accepting cases on behalf of Roundup victims in Florida. Our primary office is located in Hallandale Beach, with secondary offices provided for your convenience in Hollywood, Miramar, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Orlando, Sarasota, Tampa, and Jacksonville, Florida.

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