Monsanto Roundup® Lawsuits

Jury Awards $2 Billion in Monsanto Case

An Oakland, CA jury has just awarded two billion dollars in punitive damages to a California couple who was diagnosed with cancer due to exposure to Monsanto’s flagship product, Roundup®.

If you have been diagnosed with cancer after repeated or prolonged exposure to Roundup®, you too may be eligible for substantial compensation. Call 800-800-4600 to discuss your case.

In addition to the $2 billion awarded in punitive damages, the couple was also awarded $55 million in compensatory damages.

In March of 2019, another jury awarded a California man $80 million in damages, $75 million of which were punitive damages. This case marks the third time a jury has found Monsanto guilty of failing to warn of the risks associated with the use of its product.

As the body of evidence against Monsanto continues to build, cases of this nature will be easier and easier to prove. If you have received a diagnosis of cancer that may have been caused by Roundup®, don’t wait any longer to call Hughes & Coleman about your case.

A Controversial Company

Over the years, Monsanto has been involved in many controversies related to its business model and products. Out of these, Roundup® is one of the most talked-about and the most questionable.

Roundup® is the market name of an herbicide – a weed killer – based on the chemical agent glyphosate which the company created in the mid-1970s. In addition to the chemical, Monsanto also created genetically-modified, Roundup®-ready crops. These agricultural products – including staples such as soybeans and corn – where designed to be resistant to glyphosate, Roundup®’s main ingredient. This means that farmers can use large quantities of Roundup® on their crops to quickly kill weeds with no apparent damage to the crop.

The widespread use of Roundup® and other glyphosate-based herbicides, however, has been associated with the development of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in humans.

Dubious Marketing Strategies

In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), after a fresh round of studies, classified Roundup® as potentially carcinogenic to humans. This result made international news largely because IARC became the first health-safety agency to make such a statement. Other international regulatory bodies – such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) – had previously maintained that it was unlikely that Roundup® could cause cancer in humans from exposure through the diet.

Remarkably, as shown through depositions and the company’s internal documents which have come to light in recent lawsuits, Monsanto spent a considerable amount of money on marketing ploys aimed at discrediting IARC’s findings. For example, it was revealed that the company’s dubious strategies had included convincing a Reuters reporter to write a story that played down the importance and relevance of the IARC study and getting a well-known scientist to sign and publish at a critique of IARC that was actually ghostwritten by Monsanto’s team.

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A Significant Verdict

The second case against Monsanto, Hardeman vs. Monsanto was significant due to the high amount of punitive damages awarded as well as the legal theories invoked by the plaintiff’s attorneys. It was considered to be a bellwether trial – a case whose outcome may be used as a precedent, helping juries and judges to reach verdicts in other similar lawsuits.

It seems however that the most recent verdict has set a new precedent with a damages award that eclipses the previous by 25 times! A landmark case indeed.

Bayer AG – the German pharmaceutical company who acquired Monsanto in 2018 – is currently facing more than 11,000 complaints in relation to Roundup® cancer risk. Commenting on the potential impact of such an extensive litigation effort against Monsanto, Tom Claps, a legal analyst at Susquehanna Financial Group, said of the company that he believed “that they could lose a significant majority” of the trials against them.

Don't Delay Act Now

Hughes & Coleman is currently accepting new cases related to the development of cancer after exposure to Roundup®. If you think your cancer may have been caused by exposure to Roundup®, call Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers today. You may be eligible to receive substantial compensation. Call us now at 800-800-4600 to discuss the details of your case.

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