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Roundup Cancer Lawsuits – Cases Accepted Nationwide
International studies have linked glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, with cancer, specifically, non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, leukemia or B-cell lymphoma (mantle cell lymphoma). Most plaintiffs in Roundup cancer lawsuits are farm workers, maintenance workers, and homeowners, i.e., anyone who came into contact with glyphosate whether in a commercial or residential setting.
If you or a loved one used or were exposed to Roundup and were diagnosed with cancer, you may be able to get financial compensation from Bayer which acquired Monsanto, the maker of Roundup, in 2018. Time is of the essence. Your claim may be time-barred if you wait too long to seek legal help. Monsanto is seeking to limit future claims, so act now. Speak to our injury lawyers now. We are currently accepting Roundup cancer lawsuit across the country, including Pennsylvania and New Jersey. (610) 825-0500
Background – Roundup Cancer Lawsuits Around the U.S.
In 2015, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) released a study identifying glyphosate, a commonly used herbicide, as a probable human carcinogen. By 2016, hundreds of lawsuits were filed against Monsanto around the country. Cases continue to be filed in state courts, including Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Since 2018, Roundup has been hit with three major jury verdicts holding it liable for significant damages, including punitive damages.
In 2018, a California jury awarded nearly $300 million to a school maintenance worker who argued that the popular herbicide caused non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. This case was the first Roundup cancer lawsuit to go to trial. Shortly after this verdict, two additional juries in California hit Monsanto with large verdicts of $80 million and $2 billion where plaintiffs also developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
In each of the cases, the jury awards included significant punitive damages awards. Punitive damages are limited to cases where the defendant engaged in especially egregious conduct, such as intentional acts or recklessly endangering the health and welfare of others.
In the Roundup lawsuits, the allegations include knowing about the risk of cancer and failing to warn users about that risk. Hence, the justification for punitive damages.
There have been, however, two defense verdicts, both in late 2021. Despite these cases, Roundup settlements have continued to occur. Checks have already been sent to multiple Roundup plaintiffs across the U.S. The latest Roundup cancer trial is currently underway in Missouri (as of June 2022).
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Roundup Lawsuit Compensation – Millions Paid to Roundup Users
Bayer has paid millions of dollars to plaintiffs around the U.S. In addition, in 2020, it set aside nearly $10 billion to settle the then-pending thousands of lawsuits filed across the country which were consolidated into a class action in the Northern District of California, i.e., the Roundup Multi-District Litigation (RMDL).
Bayer has earmarked an additional $4.5 billion for future claims, although this is pending Bayer’s appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court in Monsanto v. Hardeman. In that appeal, which is a long-shot, Bayer is asking the Court to find that a federal insecticide labeling law preempts state law and therefore, all Monsanto lawsuits filed under state law are essentially void. The appeal is expected to fail, after the EPA filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court arguing that the federal law at issue does not preempt state law product injury claims in the Monsanto cases. In other words, the EPA is indicating that state-based Monsanto claims are allowed.
State Law Claims – Pennsylvania & New Jersey Roundup Lawsuits
Product Liability Claims in Roundup Lawsuits
Under state law, a product manufacturer may be held liable when its product causes injury. In the Roundup cases, the primary claim is that Monsanto failed to warn users of the risk between the product and cancer.
Time Limit to File a Roundup Lawsuit
Generally, the injured party in a product injury case, including those filed in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, has 2 years from the date of the injury to file a claim against the responsible party. The exact time period varies from state to state. Some states give plaintiffs up to 3 years to file product injury claims. If you fail to file your claim within the state-specific time limit, your claim will be barred.
However, in some cases, the discovery rule might apply. This rule allows a plaintiff to start the two year clock at a later date, i.e., when they reasonably should have learned of the link between the product and the injury.
In Roundup cases, the clock might start ticking on any one of these dates:
- the date you/loved one was diagnosed with cancer
- the date your loved one died
- the date you learned (or should have learned) about the link between Roundup and cancer
Philadelphia (State) Court Roundup Litigation
In May 2022, Philadelphia’s Complex Litigation Center consolidated nearly 100 lawsuits in a class action, In re Roundup Products Litigation. This class action includes typical claims against Monsanto, in addition to a claim against a Radnor, PA company, Nouryon, a global chemical company. The class action lawsuit claims that Nouryon manufactured a component in Roundup that makes it more toxic.
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