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Does Roundup Cause Cancer?

UPDATE: Bayer agreed to pay over $10 billion to settle tens of thousands of Roundup claims in June, setting aside $1.25 billion for potential future claims from users of Roundup who might develop non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

2020 ROUNDUP SETTLEMENT UPDATE

MARCH 15, 2020

Bayer has agreed in principle to a general outline of settlement terms with certain law firms that represent tens of thousands of Roundup victims. Three of these law firms are partners with Nadrich & Cohen on Roundup. Bayer would like to push the Roundup litigation closer to a final settlement. 
The reason why the Roundup litigation hasn’t settled thus far is that Bayer – the owner of Roundup – is trying to find a way to end all present and future lawsuits while keeping Roundup on the shelves and continuing to sell the product. Bayer is seeking to find an “endgame” to end the lawsuits and repair its significantly damaged stock price. Bayer has already lost three jury trials.

Tentatively, there have been settlement discussions being in the $10 billion range. Bayer’s concern is to protect itself from future litigation as a condition of any settlement.

We will continue to keep our clients and interested parties up to date in all the latest developments concerning Roundup.

If you or a loved one used Roundup Weedkiller and was subsequently diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins lymphoma (NHL) we are still accepting cases. We encourage you to contact a member of our Roundup team today by calling

Call today at 1-800-718-4658 or complete the contact form on this page. A member of our Roundup Lawsuit Team will contact you within 24 hours to provide a 100% free, confidential consultation.

Does Roundup Cause Cancer? It Depends On Who You Ask

Does glyphosate cause cancer?

Since being put on the market in 1974, Roundup has become an essential product for the agriculture industry. American farmers spray almost half a pound of weed-killing chemicals on every acre of cropland each year. When weeds are eliminated, crops have more room to expand, grow and produce a bigger harvest. The power of Roundup is due to its active ingredient – glyphosate. Some studies have shown a Roundup cancer risk for workers who are exposed to large amounts of glyphosate.

No one in the agriculture industry doubts the effectiveness of glyphosate, now the most widely used herbicide in the world. After planting with Roundup’s genetically modified seeds, farmers can use the chemical to kill unwanted weeds without destroying their money-making crops. However, more and more scientists are now starting to question the safety of Roundup’s active ingredient. A 2015 report from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) found glyphosate to be “probably carcinogenic.” Since then, several lawsuits have been filed against Monsanto on behalf of men and women who have been exposed to Roundup and subsequently received a Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma diagnosis.

Roundup Manufacturer Clouds the Issue

Monsanto, the manufacturer of Roundup, has long touted the safety of its product. Before the weed-killer could be sold to farmers, it had to pass muster with the EPA. The heads of Monsanto often point to EPA reports and other studies that indicate that their formula is less toxic than many common substances. Some of these studies, however, have been linked to pro-Roundup consultants. Furthermore, EPA toxicologists actually raised concerns following a Roundup cancer study in 1984. In late 2016, several scientists on an EPA peer-review board questioned the agency’s long-held belief that glyphosate is not significantly carcinogenic.

As a major agricultural corporation that yielded more than $13 billion in revenue in 2016, Monsanto has a lot at stake in the EPA’s assessment of its product. The company has its fair share of government lobbyists who push both Democratic and Republican politicians to pass favorable legislation. When a Monsanto Roundup controversy arises, company spokespeople go on the attack. They have gone to great lengths to point out flaws in the IARC study. The EPA’s report on its peer review also clouds many of the negative concerns raised by outside scientists. Monsanto lobbyists, who are frequent visitors at the EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs, may have helped sway the more positive report.

What Kind of Cancer Does Roundup Cause?

Some studies link Roundup’s chemical formula to Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a condition that affects the lymphocytes in the body’s immune system. Researchers predict that more than 20,000 Americans will die from this form of cancer in 2017. Depending on the individual case, Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma could spread quickly or slowly. Therefore, some agricultural workers may not realize they have the disease for quite some time. Symptoms of Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma include swollen lymph nodes, fever, night sweats and weight loss.

More than 1,000 agricultural workers diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma have decided to file and pursue a Roundup lawsuit against Monsanto. The EPA’s position that Roundup does not cause cancer in humans remains unchanged. However, many experts have started to question the agency’s testing methods. A secondary review of the EPA’s recent meta-analysis of epidemiological data found that exposed farmers were 27% to 50% more likely develop cancer than participants in the control group.

Filing a Lawsuit Against Monsanto in California

While the IARC has no has no regulatory power, its data was damning enough to lead the state of California to officially list Roundup’s active ingredient as a carcinogen in 2017. For an individual who wants to file a Roundup cancer lawsuit, the Golden State arguably provides one of the friendliest venues. Vince Chhabria, the U.S. District Court Judge in San Francisco, is now presiding over 310 plaintiff lawsuits filed by cancer victims. The judge has publicly stated that scientific evidence, rather than the stance of the EPA, will determine the outcome of these cases.

Which Roundup Products Have Been Recalled?

To date, no Roundup herbicide products have been recalled. However, our law firm is currently pursuing claims on behalf of clients, which include the below products which contain glyphosate:

  • Roundup® Concentrate Extended Control Weed & Grass Killer Plus Weed Preventer
  • Roundup® Concentrate Extended Control Weed & Grass Killer Plus Weed Preventer
  • Roundup® Concentrate MAX Control 365
  • Roundup® Concentrate MAX Control 365
  • Roundup® Precision Gel® Weed & Grass Killer
  • Roundup® Ready-To- Use Extended Control Weed & Grass Killer Plus Weed Preventer
  • Roundup® Ready-To- Use Extended Control Weed & Grass Killer Plus Weed Preventer II Refill
  • Roundup® Ready-To- Use Extended Control Weed & Grass Killer Plus Weed Preventer II with Comfort Wand
  • Roundup® Ready-To- Use Extended Control Weed & Grass Killer Plus Weed Preventer II with Comfort Wand
  • Roundup® Ready-To- Use Extended Control Weed & Grass Killer Plus Weed Preventer II with Pump ‘N Go® 2 Sprayer
  • Roundup® Ready-To- Use Extended Control Weed & Grass Killer Plus Weed Preventer II with Pump ‘N Go® 2 Sprayer
  • Roundup® Ready-To- Use Extended Control Weed & Grass Killer Plus Weed Preventer II with Trigger Sprayer
  • Roundup® Ready-To- Use Extended Control Weed & Grass Killer Plus Weed Preventer II with Trigger Sprayer
  • Roundup® Ready-To- Use Max Control 365 Refill
  • Roundup® Ready-To- Use Max Control 365 Refill
  • Roundup® Ready-To- Use Max Control 365 with Wand
  • Roundup® Ready-To- Use Max Control 365 with Wand
  • Roundup® Ready-To- Use Weed & Grass Killer III
  • Roundup® Ready-To- Use Weed & Grass Killer III Refill
  • Roundup® Ready-To- Use Weed & Grass Killer III with Comfort Wand®
  • Roundup® Ready-to- Use Weed & Grass Killer III with Pump N’ Go® 2 Sprayer
  • Roundup® Ready-To- Use Weed & Grass Killer III with Sure Shot® Wand

Farmers and other agricultural workers who are battling Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma face an array of potential medical costs. A full recovery is possible, however, patients will require chemotherapy to kill any cancerous growth and regular follow-up visits. Some victims have chosen to file a Roundup lawsuit to cover the high medical costs associated with the treatment of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, as well as a lifetime of follow-up care to monitor for a possible recurrence of the condition.

The California Roundup Cancer Lawsuit Attorneys of Nadrich & Cohen, LLP are actively investigating Roundup claims throughout California and throughout the country. We represent many agricultural workers, farmers and rural landowners who used Roundup and have subsequently been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. If you believe that you or a loved one may have a claim, call us now for a free consultation. Don’t wait, call 1-800-718-4658.