Cincinnati Product Liability attorney and Ohio Roundup Lawyer Reviews Glyphosate-related leukemia and non-Hodgkin lymphoma cases for plaintiffs nationwide
Due to a growing body of evidence that indicates Roundup use is linked to leukemia and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, thousands of plaintiffs have filed toxic exposure lawsuits, targeting Bayer, the parent of Monsanto.
There are at least 18,000 pending lawsuits staring Bayer in the face, and the company is being pressured legally to settle all cases before too many get to trial. Juries in California recently punished the company, and awarded millions to plaintiffs.
The Roundup Cancer attorneys involved in the case have argued that Monsanto was aware of serious health risks related to its glyphosate products, and chose not to warn the public. Consumer safety lawyers close to the matter have called the company deceitful and cared more about its bottom line than the well-being of consumers.
As a result, many farmers, groundskeepers and landscapers have been heavily exposed to Roundup without knowing they were increasing their risk of developing cancers like leukemia and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Ohio Roundup lawyer and product liability attorney representing plaintiffs diagnosed with leukemia and non-Hodgkin lymphoma nationwide in Roundup exposure cancer claims.
Ohio Roundup Cancer Settlements
Roundup is the world’s most widely used pesticide. It was first released by Monsanto in 1974 and over 1.4 billion pounds of Roundup are applied to plants each year.
Roundup contains the active ingredient glyphosate, a weed killing chemical that inhibits protein synthesis in plants. Though glyphosate has been approved for widespread use throughout the developed world many worry that it may not be as safe as previously thought. Especially as the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) recently announced that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic.”
The EPA has historically stated that glyphosate poses no discernible health risks, though in 1985 they temporarily labelled it as “possibly carcinogenic to humans”.
In the United States, the EPA is began reevaluating the status of glyphosate in 2009 and was expected to publish their findings in 2015. The EPA has delayed their publication and will release their report sometime in 2016. However, administrators from the agency have confirmed that new regulations will be created for glyphosate in the form of a “weed resistance management plan.”
While the EPA spokesperson did not provide specifics regarding the plan she explained that it will be similar to a new plan for a similar herbicide which requires weed monitoring, remediation plans, and education.
The new EPA action comes alongside new FDA regulation. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recently stated that it will begin to test foods for glyphosate – something it has not done in the past. The FDA is planning to test agricultural produce because of the rapid increase in glyphosate use on raw produce which evidence links to the increase of glyphosate in human diets. In Europe researchers are finding that many food products such as beer and bread contain higher than anticipated levels of glyphosate.
The Lyon Firm is actively litigating Roundup cases. For a free consultation, please contact your Roundup lawyer at 800-513-2403. Clients diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma or leukemia following heavy Roundup exposure may have a viable claim.
Roundup Lawsuit FAQ
Product Liability and toxic exposure lawsuits can be complex, and may require the help of toxic tort attorneys to understand whether or not you have a viable case. The Lyon Firm aims to be open and straightforward with potential clients nationwide, and welcomes queries via phone or email. Some frequently asked question related to Roundup Cancer cases include the following:
- Does Roundup Cause Cancer? There is supporting evidence that links Roundup exposure to non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and potentially leukemia. Glyphosate is considered a cancer-causing chemical by health agencies.
- What is Glyphosate? Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup weedkiller products. It has been tested in labs and may cause cancer and other adverse health conditions. Glyphosate is not only in Roundup but in other pesticides and herbicides as well.
- Can I file a Roundup Lawsuit? You should contact a Toxic Exposure Attorney to review your case. Criteria for reaching a Roundup cancer settlement may include heavy exposure to Roundup as well as a diagnosis of cancer–typically non-Hodgkin lymphoma or leukemia–Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)or Small-Cell lymphocytic leukemia (SLL).
- Do I have to Pay an Attorney? The Lyon Firm works for you on a contingency fee basis, which means only a percentage of your final settlement will be paid to your attorney–nothing out-of-pocket.
- How Much are Roundup Settlements? This yet to be determined. Ongoing litigation between Bayer and toxic tort lawyers will determine what each plaintiffs will receive.
- Why File a Lawsuit? Holding negligent companies accountable for their actions is an important part of the American legal system, and a necessary tool for consumers to get fair and safe treatment. It may be unfortunate that only punitive damages prohibit companies from taking advantage of the American public, but there is an element of truth to that. And moreover, compensation will help victims pay medical expenses and other damages incurred.
Glyphosate Toxicity & Roundup Use
Like any herbicide, glyphosate is designed to kill plants. Once applied, it absorbs through the plant’s leaves and enters the sap stream where it inhibits a specific enzyme called EPSP synthase. Without EPSP synthase the plant cannot produce other necessary proteins which causes it to yellow and die within a few days.
Almost all plants contain EPSP synthase which means that Round up will kill most plants, including aquatic plants. Once applied, there is no way to undo the effects of glyphosate on a plant.
Glyphosate Use Trends
Before 1996 Round up was applied selectively to certain portions of fields because it killed both weeds and important crops. In 1996 Monsanto introduced its first genetically modified “Round up Ready” soybean seeds. Round up Ready seeds are injected with a bacterium that protects it from the effects of glyphosate so that Round up only kills the surrounding weeds.
Within a few years of the initial success of their soybeans Monsanto released genetically modified corn, cotton, and canola among others. When farmers began to plant Round up Ready seeds they were able to spray their entire crop with glyphosate without worrying about damaging their crops. This led to a drastic increase in world-wide Roundup use. In the U.S alone use shot up from 85-90 million pounds of glyphosate in 2001 to 180-185 million pounds in 2007. A result of this growing global use is the appearance of glyphosate tolerant weeds.
Roundup Products & Toxic Exposure
Since the introduction of Roundup Ready seeds, scientists have observed a rapid increase in glyphosate resistant plants. Some plants contain genetic abnormalities which enables them to survive exposure to glyphosate. When glyphosate is applied to a field most of the weeds will die, but the weeds that are resistant to the chemical will continue to pollinate and grow without competition from other weeds and will become more common.
Glyphosate products include the following Monsanto Roundup brands and others:
- Roundup QuikPRO
- Roundup Custom
- Roundup PRO
- Roundup Weed & Grass Killer
- Roundup ProMAX
- Roundup Original
- Roundup Max Control 365
- Roundup Poison Ivy
- Roundup Extended Control
- Roundup Ready-to-Use Weed & Grass Killer
- Roundup Precision Gel
Other Monsanto products:
- Fallow Master
- RT 3
- Abundit Extra
Cenex / Land O’Lakes:
- Hoss Ultra
- Mad Dog
Glyphosate Studies & Roundup Cancer Lawsuits
Many of the scientific studies which link glyphosate to cancer or other chronic diseases cite the chemicals effect on EPSP synthase. EPSP synthase is an enzyme found in plants. When applied to a plant glyphosate inhibits the enzyme production and thus kills the plant.
However, many scientists now argue that EPSP inhibition may impact bacteria health in humans which could lead to cancers and other chronic health complications. Scientists also argue that the combination of glyphosate with other proprietary surfactants and additives may render the compound more dangerous than glyphosate alone.
The World Health Organization’s cancer arm, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), released a monograph on glyphosate. The IARC studied kidney, pancreatic, and other tumors in glyphosate treated animals, examined epidemiology studies in farmers, and found that glyphosate damages DNA and chromosomes and is a likely cause of cancer.
Roundup Cancer Lawsuits say there are thousands of cancer cases linked to past Roundup use, and pending lawsuits are likely to be settled in coming months.
Ohio Roundup Cancer Lawsuits
Monsanto is a common name in courtrooms across the world and is a defendant in tens of thousands of leukemia and non-Hodgkin lymphoma suits for damages from Roundup exposure. Bayer has allegedly known about carcinogens, specifically polychlorinated biphenyls, which were produced by Monsanto until the 1970s. Ohio Roundup cancer lawsuits are following that trend.
The growing body of knowledge surrounding glyphosate carcinogenicity is also contributing to injured plaintiffs and Roundup attorneys filing toxic exposure lawsuits. Leukemia and non-Hodgkin Lymphoma patients are beginning to sue Monsanto over Roundup exposure. Globally, law firms are filing hundreds of negligence and toxic tort lawsuits on behalf of individuals whose lives have been altered by leukemia and non-Hodgkin Lymphoma cancers.
Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Lawsuits
Juries have sided with plaintiffs in recent Roundup cancer lawsuits, and have awarded millions to plaintiffs diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma following years of Roundup exposure.
In one such suit, filed in California, plaintiffs sued Bayer and Monsanto for damages based on negligence, design defect, breach of warranty, and for punitive damages.
Toxic exposure lawsuits and your Ohio roundup lawyer may argue that Monsanto executives understood the potential health risks of their product but sold the product without proper warnings. By ignoring or burying scientific evidence, as attorneys argue, Monsanto placed consumers at an increased risk of cancer without properly notifying their consumers.
The glyphosate compounds found in Roundup have been linked to an increased risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and other serious health effects which Monsanto never disclosed. The suits against Monsanto filed by an Ohio roundup lawyer also argue that Monsanto failed to disclose pertinent information to the EPA or failed to properly study the long-term effects of exposure to glyphosate.
One plaintiff and lawsuit filed in California also accused Monsanto of hiring several outside contractors who knowingly falsified data to study the effects of glyphosate exposure.
Other suits also claim that Monsanto intentionally misinformed farmers, regulatory agencies and the general population regarding the health risks of Roundup. The state of California is also taking legal action against Monsanto. California intends to list glyphosate as a known carcinogen under the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (Proposition 65).
Monsanto sued the state, though the law requires that California label carcinogenic substances in accordance with IARC findings, not EPA or industry sponsored studies. A growing number of European countries are also banning or restricting the sale and use of Roundup. France, for example, has completely banned the sale of Roundup for non-agricultural use.
Individuals are hiring a Ohio Roundup lawyer and toxic exposure law firms from a variety of environments. Sod farmers, coffee bean farmers, residential users, horticulture workers and others are suing Monsanto in class action and individual cases.
Contact an Ohio Roundup Lawyer
Those heavily exposed to Roundup are the most likely to develop cancers like leukemia and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Groundskeepers, plant nursery workers, landscapers and farmers who used Roundup and other pesticides frequently are at an increased risk of cancer.
A recent study released suggests there is a credible link between glyphosate exposure and non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. Researchers noted a 41 percent increased risk of cancer development with heavy toxic exposure.
If you or a loved one suffered from leukemia or non-Hodgkin Lymphoma following Roundup exposure and have questions about the root cause and the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care in Ohio, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, an Ohio Roundup lawyer, and he will help you answer these critical questions.