Paraquat Parkinson’s Disease Lawsuits

Updates and Settlement Information

LAWSUIT STATUS: New Cases Being Accepted

Paraquat lawsuits are being filed against Chevron Chemical Company, Syngenta and other makers of the popular grass and weedkillers, claiming the companies failed to warn users about the risk of Parkinson’s disease after routine exposure to Paraquat-based herbicides.

Individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease after routine exposure to Paraquat, including;

  • Farmers and Farm Workers
  • Herbicide Applicators
  • Chemical Mixers
  • Tank Fillers
  • Families Living Around Farming Communities

Gramoxone and Paraquat weed and grass killers, including;

  • Gramoxone
  • Paraquate Concentrate
  • Blanco
  • Cyclone SL 2.0
  • Firestorm
  • Helmquat 3SL
  • Bonedry
  • Devour
  • Para-Shot 3.0

Paraquat Lawsuit Overview

Paraquat, also known as Methyl Viologen, is a highly toxic herbicide developed in the early 1960s for controlling weeds and grass. In the United States, it is classified as a “Restricted Use Pesticide” (RUP), meaning it can only be handled by licensed applicators.

To prevent accidental ingestion, the herbicide is treated with a color dye to make sure it is not confused with coffee, with a sharp odor added and a chemical agent that causes someone who ingests it to vomit. However, those precautions may not be enough to protect users from the health risks linked to Paraquat exposure.

As a result of the manufacturers apparent failure to adequately warn about the toxic side effects of Paraquat exposure, thousands of Paraquat lawsuits have been filed through the federal court system, each involving similar allegations that the manufacturers failed to warn about the Paraquat Parkinson’s disease risks.

Paraquat Parkinson’s Disease Lawsuit: MDL 3004

Due to the rising number of Paraquat lawsuits being filed, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ordered each of the claims filed throughout the federal court to be centralized before U.S. District Judge Nancy J. Rosenstengel in the Southern District of Illinois, as part of Paraquat Multidistrict Litigation (MDL 3004).

Who Qualifies for a Paraquat Parkinson’s Disease Lawsuit?

Individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease after routine exposure Gramoxone and Paraquat weed and grass killers, including;

  • Farmers and Farm Workers
  • Herbicide Applicators
  • Chemical Mixers
  • Tank Fillers
  • Families Living Around Farming Communities

Who is the Paraquat lawsuit against?

Chevron Chemical Company, Syngenta and other companies have sold a variety of paraquat-based herbicides, including:

  • Gramoxone
  • Paraquat Concentrate
  • Blanco
  • Cyclone SL 2.0
  • Other Paraquat-based Herbicides

PARAQUAT Parkinson's Lawsuits

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2024 Paraquat Lawsuit Updates

June 5, 2024 Update: Last month, Judge Rosenstengel, overseeing the Paraquat Parkinson’s disease MDL, granted the plaintiffs an extension for selecting new cases for bellwether trials due to technical issues they encountered with the case information database. Originally set for May 10, 2024, the deadline has now been extended to June 10, 2024.

June 3, 2024 Update: As thousands of Paraquat lawsuits continue to be investigated by lawyers across the nation, the JPML reported in this months updated docket report that a total of 5,680 Paraquat Parkinson’s disease claims are currently pending in the multidistrict litigation as of June 3, 2024.

May 1, 2024 Update: U.S. District Judge Rosenstengel, overseeing the Paraquat Parkinson’s disease lawsuits, has disqualified a crucial expert witness, preventing four bellwether cases from proceeding to trial due to insufficient support. In response, the judge has decided to advance with a second batch of claims, necessitating a case-specific workup that might incorporate new expert testimony. The parties are instructed to choose 16 member cases for limited fact discovery by no later than May 10, 2024.

2023 Paraquat Lawsuit Update: The first Paraquat jury trial is currently scheduled to begin on October 16, 2023. However, the court will hold Daubert hearings in August 2023, to evaluate the strength of expert witness testimony about the link between Paraquat and Parkinson’s disease, to determine which experts will be permitted to testify.

2022 Paraquat Lawsuit Update: As Paraquat claims continue to mount, in September 2022 the EPA asked a federal court if it could reconsider its approval of Paraquat after a lawsuit challenged the Agency’s assessment of the Parkinson’s disease risk from Paraquat

Paraquat Exposure Side Effects

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that Paraquat can enter the human body through absorption or penetration of the skin, as well as through mucous membranes, airways, cuts and abrasions, and via breathing it into the body or digestion through droplets introduced via the mouth, nose or airways.

A number of studies have linked Paraquat to devastating health consequences for those who are directly exposed to the toxic pesticide, particularly licensed applicators who work with it on a regular basis. It has been linked to several serious health effects, including:

  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Heart Failure
  • Kidney Failure
  • Liver Failure
  • Lung Scarring

Can Paraquat cause Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson’s disease is one of the most concerning risks associated with Paraquat, as the manufacturer has not adequately warned about this problem. It is believed that Paraquat creates oxidative stress in cells, which kills certain brain cells associated with the production of dopamine, which can lead to Parkinson’s disease.

Parkinson’s disease affects about 1 million Americans, and at least 6 million other people worldwide. The association between Paraquat exposure and Parkinson’s disease is so strong that scientists use Paraquat to induce Parkinson’s disease in animals for testing purposes.

Real Paraquat Exposure Stories

As AboutLawsuits has covered the significant scientific findings linking Paraquat to Parkinson’s disease and the growing number of lawsuits being filed against the manufacturers, numerous individuals have stepped forward to share their experiences with the herbicide.

These personal accounts reveal how individuals or their family members were diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease after routinely being exposed to the chemical for years through direct handling during agricultural work, or indirectly through environmental exposure such as crop dusting.

“I was employed by Tractor Supply Co from 2009 to 2017. I ran the freight team where I was exposed to herbicides through leaking packaging, occasional spills and use of the product on the property landscape. Four months ago I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s.”

Robert: AboutLawsuits Commenter, July 11, 2022

“We lived in rural locations of both Kosciusko and Marshall Counties in Indiana for over 35 years and were repeatedly exposed to drift from the spraying by crop dusters and/or farmers spraying their fields. I developed Parkinson’s disease approximately 26 years ago.”

Lynn: AboutLawsuits Commenter, July 9, 2021

“I am a Pest Control Adviser licensed by the state of California. My job involved inspecting fields after they were treated to evaluate the effectiveness of various applications. For instance, I checked the use of chemicals like Paraquat (Gramoxone) as a defoliant/desiccant on cotton fields before harvesting. I was informed of the ultimate danger if ingested but not about Parkinson’s. I have just been diagnosed with Parkinson’s.”

Rob: AboutLawsuits Commenter, September 3, 2014

“My father had been exposed to Paraquat from his days as a farm laborer in the late fifties and early sixties. He had Parkinson’s for at least five years or more and passed in 2021.”

Manuel: AboutLawsuits Commenter, May 30, 2021

I’ve had Parkinson’s disease since 2000. I have lived in Southern Illinois for many years next door to crop fields where large amounts of herbicides were either sprayed or crop dusted. I have often wandered if exposure to these chemicals was the cause of my Parkinson’s disease.

Michael: AboutLawsuits Commenter, March 22, 2021

Contact a Paraquat Lawyer

Product liability lawyers provide free consultations and claim evaluations to help determine if financial compensation and settlement benefits may be available as a result of the manufacturers failure to warn about the link between Paraquat and Parkinson’s Disease. Lawsuits are being pursued nationwide for:

  • Farmers and Farm Workers
  • Herbicide Applicators
  • Tank Filers and Transporters
  • Gardeners, Groundskeepers and Municipal Workers
  • Families Living Around Farming Communities

4 Comments

  • JimFebruary 15, 2024 at 8:28 pm

    This lawsuit said it was filed by a caddie. I caddied in the 60's and worked in the golf industry. I have lived on a golf course for 34 years. Is their any merit to the caddies claim.

  • CarolDecember 31, 2021 at 4:05 pm

    I was born and raised on a Farm , My dad used Paraquat on his crop. My oldest brother . was spraying the Cotton when my dad saw him having a seizure. He was 12 years old. My brothers and sisters also worked on the farm . hoeing weeds out of the soybeans and cotton . the rest of us wind up with Muscle we akness , Seizures , fast heart rate and heart disease masses heart attacks Fibromylicin of the [Show More]I was born and raised on a Farm , My dad used Paraquat on his crop. My oldest brother . was spraying the Cotton when my dad saw him having a seizure. He was 12 years old. My brothers and sisters also worked on the farm . hoeing weeds out of the soybeans and cotton . the rest of us wind up with Muscle we akness , Seizures , fast heart rate and heart disease masses heart attacks Fibromylicin of the muscle. My dad died with Heart attack, strokes at the age of 59 and 61 passed away and my oldest brother pass also . my Husband also work in the fields with his dad and he had a Masses Heart attack. I need a Lawyer

  • PaulaAugust 24, 2021 at 7:25 pm

    I HELPED MY GRANDPARENTS AND MY FATHER IN THE FIELDS/GARDENS UNTIL AROUND 1980. AT MY GRANDPARENTS THE CHEMICALS WERE USED BY A TRACTOR TO SPRAY AND WITH MY FATHER WE USED A HAND SPRAYER. I DID HELP MY IN FATHER SPRAYING AND HELPED IN SOWING AND PICKING THE PRODUCES AT GRANDPARENTS AND WITH MY FATHER. ALSO MY FATHER HAD CANCER (PASSED 1992), MY MOTHER PASSED IN 2004 HAVING PARKINSON’S AND I HAVE [Show More]I HELPED MY GRANDPARENTS AND MY FATHER IN THE FIELDS/GARDENS UNTIL AROUND 1980. AT MY GRANDPARENTS THE CHEMICALS WERE USED BY A TRACTOR TO SPRAY AND WITH MY FATHER WE USED A HAND SPRAYER. I DID HELP MY IN FATHER SPRAYING AND HELPED IN SOWING AND PICKING THE PRODUCES AT GRANDPARENTS AND WITH MY FATHER. ALSO MY FATHER HAD CANCER (PASSED 1992), MY MOTHER PASSED IN 2004 HAVING PARKINSON’S AND I HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH PARKINSON’S SINCE AROUND 2010. ALSO THERE WAS A BRANCH ON MY GRANDPARENTS PROPERTY NEAR WHERE I WORKED IN THE FIELD IN WHICH WE DRUNK WATER FROM WHICH LED INTO THE ROCK RIVER IN UNION COUNTY NC. NEAR THE HOUSE THEY HAD A SHALLOW WELL WHERE WE ALL DIPPED AND DRUNK FROM.

  • GaryApril 22, 2021 at 11:45 am

    I live near crop duster's house and several farms. The crop duster has flown over my house for years. I have recently been diagnosed with Parkinson's. I am not sure if caused by these chemicals of crop dusting in my area but thought I needed to inquire. Thank you for your time.

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