Roundup Cancer Link Makes Weedkiller Unreasonably Dangerous, Lawsuit Alleges

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According to allegations raised in a lawsuit filed against Monsanto this week, the link between use of the popular weedkiller Roundup and non-Hodgkins lymphoma makes the product unreasonably dangerous for its normal, intended use.

In a complaint (PDF) filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois on July 18, Charles Bridgeman indicates that he was diagnosed with the form of cancer in 2011, following use of Roundup on a regular basis to control weeds since the mid-1990’s.

Bridgeman indicates that he followed all safety and precautionary warnings during use of the weedkiller, indicating that Monsanto failed to adequately disclose the Roundup cancer link, providing false and misleading representations that the active ingredient contained in the product, glyphosate, was safe, non-toxic and non-carcinogenic.

Although Roundup has been widely used throughout the United States for decades, concerns about the safety of the weedkiller have emerged since the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) determined that t that glyphosate is a probable human carcinogen. The IARC specifically tied Roundup exposure to a potential increased risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

“Despite the new classification by the IARC, Defendants have had ample evidence of glyphosate and Roundup’s genotoxic properties for decades,” claims the lawsuit filed by Bridgeman, which indicates that Roundup products contained “unreasonably dangerous design defects and were not reasonably safe when used in a reasonably anticipated manner.”

The case joins a growing number of Roundup cancer lawsuits filed against Monsanto in courts throughout the United States in recent months, alleging that farm workers, landscapers and others in the agricultural business have been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma or other forms of cancer following regular exposure to glyphosate.

An estimated 2.6 billion pounds of the herbicide have been sprayed on America’s agricultural land over the two decades, since Monsanto introduced “Roundup Ready” crops that are designed to survive being sprayed with with the chemical, killing the weeds but not the crops. However, Bridgeman and other plaintiffs allege that the manufacturer failed to disclose the potential cancer link with Roundup or provide adequate safety warnings for farmers, landscapers, homeowners or others regularly spraying Roundup.

As Roundup injury lawyers continue to review and file claims for individuals throughout the United States, it is widely expected that several thousand similar complaints will brought against Monsanto in courts nationwide in the coming months and years.

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  1. Andrea Reply

    In July 2000 my 18 month daughter was diagnosed with all leukemia. We used roundup in our rock landscape for many years. She would play with the rocks and walk on the landscape. When she was diagnosed I firmly believe that it was something to do with the chemicals we used.

  2. Eric Reply

    Ridiculous lawsuits filed by disgusting attorneys. There has been no causative mechanism found and the IARC finding has been debunked by several scientific groups including the EFSA. The only way one of these suits could be won is if there is a biased judge and some anti monsanto/leftists on the jury.

  3. Howard Reply

    Please read this article about lawsuits against ROUNDUP..

  4. Kat Reply

    You seem to be rather passionate about this topic Eric. Do you care to share why?

  5. John Reply

    I am a farmer and have used Roundup for 30 years on crops and around my house and garden. I have been totaly exposed to roundup in my mouth and all over my body many times. When spraying our fields the sprayer would get clogged and I would put the sprayer tip in my mouth and blow the clog out. I never wore any rubber gloves or protective clothing. I have agitated tank fulls of spray with my hand and arm. In trying to give my young kids work to keep them out of trouble I have had them spray thistles day after day with round up All this has been done with no adverse effects to any of us. I’m sure there my be some few people that may be more sensitive then others to roundup but when you weigh the risks to the over all good roundup has done in the world, to help feed third world nations keep the price of food down and keep weeds from taking over crops, Its a good produced. Also if you take roundup off the market what you replace it with may be much more toxic than roundup. I don’t like the way Monsanto does some of its business practices but taking roundup off the market would be a bad choice in my opinion

  6. Susan Reply

    This is extremely horrible stuff. I work at a hardware store, and I try to give people who ask, that want butterfly’s and bees in their yard, to steer clear of this poison. It is harmful to pets and habitat. I give them the natural remedy as often as I can

  7. JS Reply

    Lots of trolls hired by Monsanto, Syngenta or other toxic chemical Bio- Tech corporation that get paid to blog. Truth is Glyphosate is a known NEUROTOXIN and Poison so that should settle the issue. As a Environmentalist, independent and GMO’s is a life issue. So no thanks to Hillary known as Bride of Frankenfood. She is so webbed in with Monsanto’s.
    No to Poisons for Profits… Avoid GMO’s and Glyphosate for your health.

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