Cincinnati Product Liability and Ohio Roundup Lawyer Reviews Glyphosate non-hodgkin lymphoma cases for plaintiffs nationwide

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.

Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Ohio Roundup lawyer and product liability attorney representing plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of civil litigation claims. 

The Lyon Firm is actively litigating Roundup cases. For a free consultation, please contact your Roundup lawyer at 800-513-2403.

Glyphosate and Plants

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.

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The chemical makeup of glyphosate causes it to inhibit enzyme production in plants

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.

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Roundup-Ready maize surrounded by non-resistant weeds exposed to glyphosate.

Since the introduction of Round up 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.

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.

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The World Health Organization’s cancer arm, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), released a monograph on glyphosate. The full monograph is due out in 2016 but this shortened version outlines the study’s findings. 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.

Monsanto Roundup Lawsuits

Monsanto is a common name in courtrooms across the world and is a defendant in over 700 non-Hodgkin lymphoma suits for damages from exposure to known carcinogens, specifically polychlorinated biphenyls, which were produced by the company until the 1970s. Roundup Lawsuits are following that trend.

The growing body of knowledge surrounding glyphosate carcinogenicity is also contributing to Roundup lawyer filing Monsanto suits as non-Hodgkin Lymphoma patients are beginning to sue Monsanto over Roundup exposure. Globally, law firms are filing hundreds of negligence and tort lawsuits on behalf of individuals whose lives have been altered by non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.

One such suit, filed in California, is suing Monsanto for damages based on negligence, design defect, breach of warranty, and for punitive damages. Suits 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 the case argues, 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 is suing 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 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.

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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 non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and experienced prolonged exposure to Round up 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.