Working tirelessly to hold chemical mega-producer Monsanto responsible for widespread toxicity, contamination, and pollution, we help our clients by initiating a RoundUp lawsuit for fair compensation.
In 1970, the notorious Monsanto organization developed the pesticide known as glyphosate to combat pesky weeds and unwanted agricultural adversaries. Marketed extensively as “Round-Up,” this chemical combination has been on the market for over 40 years – and is believed to have caused harm to humans and animals alike for just as long – resulting in thousands of ongoing RoundUp lawsuits.
After the Monsanto patent expired, glyphosate continued to infiltrate the consumer and agricultural marketplaces for a generation, despite mounting concerns as to its safety. Most recently, RoundUp is implicated in litigation across the United States for its link to the type of cancer known as non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma – a blood cancer characterized by swollen glands, extreme fatigue, and weight loss. Those diagnosed with this deadly disease are generally unable to work (at least while pursuing curative treatment) and may experience lifelong limitations as a result of their cancer diagnosis – even upon reaching remission.
At Lampariello Law, we fight back against cancer. We zealously represent our clients in their darkest hour – and will not sit idly by while conglomerates like Monsanto claim their products are perfectly safe and healthy.
If you or a loved one worked with glyphosate contained in Round-Up, and tragically faced a diagnosis of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, we encourage you to reach out to our compassionate team of professionals to discuss your legal options right away.
RoundUp & Cancer
RoundUp is a well-known brand of herbicide for both suburban homeowners and commercial agriculturalists. For the latter, application of glyphosate impacts not only the weeds directly but the scores of farm and fieldworkers dependent upon a bountiful crop for their livelihood. Unfortunately, RoundUp is directly linked to the development of blood cancers in those with direct daily exposure to the carcinogen, resulting in endless medical bills, debts, lost wages, and possible bankruptcy for the patient and immediate family members.
The RoundUp/cancer link is more than anecdotal or speculative. In 2008, the International Journal of Cancer published a groundbreaking study, conducted over a three-year span, that examined both male and female subjects aged 18-74.
As compared with a control group, those subjects with exposure to glysophate developed non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at an increased rate than the control group, and the link between the two was “considerably strengthened.”
Additional scientific studies of the weed-killer abound. The International Agency for Research of Cancer (IARC) determined that glysophate is a “probable human carcinogen,” while increased exposure of glysophate in rodents revealed a correlated development of blood cancer.
Meanwhile, research continues worldwide, predominantly in studies involving farmers (and their families) and the presence of glysophate in the urine in the hours and days following exposure.
In the United States, companies who know their products are dangerous – and continue to sell to consumers nonetheless – can face significant liability for their careless disregard for human health and safety. Monsanto is certainly no exception, and RoundUp litigation continues to wind its way through state and federal courts as victims seek financial compensation for their injuries.
Johnson v. Monsanto
In 2018, a California man suffering from the intensity of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma went to trial against Monsanto, claiming that his years spent as a humble public school groundskeeper unknowingly lead to his life-threatening exposure to glysophate.
The trial continued for several weeks until the jury was tasked with determining whether Monsanto knowingly touted its product was safe, despite being well aware the opposite was true.
After deliberations, the Johnson jury ruled in his favor – nine figures-worth. The historic $289 million verdict (which was quickly met with an appeal) was the first of its kind to directly point the finger at Monsanto and RoundUp for causing non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in unsuspecting victims.
Legally speaking, the jury found that Monsanto owed a duty of care to Johnson, breached that duty by knowingly producing a carcinogenic product which directly caused Johnson’s cancer, and his diagnosis resulted in financial damages.
Pilliod v. Monsanto
In May 2019, a California jury assigned to Monsanto litigation awarded a staggering $55 million in compensatory damages and $2 billion in punitive damages to two plaintiffs injured by the effects of the caustic chemicals in RoundUp. Specifically, the jury found:
- Monsanto failed to conduct business in a reasonably safe way such that a consumer could expect a safe and harmless product.
- Monsanto’s RoundUp was a substantial factor in the harm suffered by Mr. & Mrs. Pilliod.
- RoundUp was replete with potential risks that Monsanto knew about at the time the product was manufactured, distributed and ultimately sold to unsuspecting consumers.
- The weed-killer, when used for its ordinary purposes, introduces a substantial danger for consumers (who would have no reason to know of its dangers).
- Monsanto failed to warn consumers of the known risks of RoundUp.
- The risks of RoundUp were generally known in light of universally-accepted scientific and medical studies available at the time of its manufacture.
The jury further found that the extent of Monsanto’s intentional misconduct was so severe that compensatory damages were insufficient and punitive damages were warranted.
Generally, the goal of civil litigation is to refund the plaintiff the amount of money (damages) lost as a result of the defendant’s negligence, as well as recoup the estimated value of future losses (e.g., if the plaintiff can never return to work and/or will be permanently disabled). In the most egregious cases, however, an additional monetary award is warranted to actually punish the defendant’s conduct above and beyond the actual financial harm.
How We Can Help
A RoundUp lawsuit may seem like a far-fetched, unimaginable course of action – particularly for anyone suffering from the effects of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma or similar blood cancer. However, for anyone falling into any of the following categories of people possibly exposed to glysophate, we strongly encourage meeting with our team to discuss the options:
- Agricultural workers, particularly those involved in the direct production or harvesting of crops.
- Immediate family members of agricultural workers who come into close contact with the farmer on a daily basis (e.g., spouse & children).
- Groundskeepers, landscapers, horticulturalists and those involved in lawn maintenance.
At Lampariello Law, we strive to be of service to not only our client but their family members and caretakers as well. No one should have to endure the agony of a cancer diagnosis without a thorough investigation into the source of the cancer and its likely cause.
Specifically, hardworking farmers and their families are in a category of people most likely at risk for the collateral damage of RoundUp – and the Monsanto Corporation (and its parent company, Bayer Pharmaceuticals) work diligently to reduce and eliminate their own exposure to liability for the misdeeds and misconduct involved in the widespread consumer and commercial dissemination of this deadly product.
We believe enough is enough. No more unmitigated harm to hardworking laborers – and no more unchecked devastation for spouses and children of those impacted by this potentially fatal chemical.
If you or a loved one is suffering from the blood cancer known as non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a RoundUp lawsuit may be your best option for a full recovery. Please call Lampariello Law at 855-495-3733 right away – we look forward to being of service to you.