Monsanto’s Roundup is one of the most commonly used weedkillers and herbicides in the world. The active ingredient in Roundup is Glyphosate, which is a human carcinogen that can cause lymphatic cancers like non-hodgkin’s lymphoma.
If you have been exposed to Roundup and diagnosed with non-hodgkin’s lymphoma or another lymphatic cancer, the Birmingham, Alabama Roundup attorneys at Fob James Law Firm want to help you.
Our biggest concern is making sure you get the justice and the compensation that you deserve. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
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Alabama Roundup Lawsuit FAQ
What is Roundup?
The active ingredient of Roundup is the isopropylamine salt of glyphosate, which is the most widely used herbicide in the United States.
By 2001, 85-90 million pounds of Roundup were used each year. By 2007 and still today, roughly 185 million pounds of Roundup are used annually. Roundup remains the most widely used herbicide in the United States and worldwide.
Roundup is marketed to consumers by Scotts Miracle-Gro Company. Other commercial brand names of Roundup include the following:
- Ortho GroundClear
- RM43 Total Vegetation Control
- Compare-N-Save Concentrate Grass and Weed Killer
- Dow Rodeo Herbicide
- Ranger Pro Herbicide
How Do I Become Exposed To Roundup?
Roundup exposure is common because of the number of people who use the weed killer is quite voluminous. For example, commercial farmers use Roundup in their fields, consumers use it regularly to kill weeds in their flowerbeds, and landscapers and golf courses depend on it to create pristine environments.
As a result, those who work as landscapers, on golf courses, or on commercial farms are likely most at-risk. Exposure to Roundup often occurs the following ways:
- Get it on your skin while spraying
- Get it on your skin from touching wet crops
- Breathe it in while spraying
- Swallow accidentally while spraying
- Eat, drink, or smoke after applying while wet product is on your hands
What Type of Cancer Is Caused by Roundup?
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is the most common form of cancer caused by Roundup. Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a cancer affecting the immune system. It occurs when the body produces excessive abnormal lymphocytes, which is a form of white blood cell. Eventually, lymph nodes become crowded by these cancerous lymphocytes and begin to swell. Certain infections, bacteria, and medications, as well as older age, are all well-documented risk factors of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Roundup can also cause other lymphatic cancers such as:
- Mantle cell lymphoma
- Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma
- Primary mediastinal B-cell lymphoma
- Follicular lymphoma
- Small lymphocytic lymphoma
- Multiple small B-cell lymphomas (extranodal, nodal marginal, splenic marginal zone)
- Burkitt lymphoma
- Lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma
- Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia
- Hairy cell lymphoma
- T-cell lymphoma
How Does Roundup Cause Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma?
Roundup is made with Glyphosate, the most-used agricultural chemical ever. Some 300 million pounds of glyphosate are used on crops worldwide each year.
Glyphosate works by inhibiting a specific enzyme required for plant growth. Glyphosate has been shown to be carcinogenic, and thus cause cancer.
Evidence suggests that Glyphosate exposure is linked to chromosomal and DNA damage in human cells, as well as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and other types of hematopoietic (blood cell-related) cancers. More than 25 countries and some jurisdictions in the U.S. have banned or restricted the use of glyphosate.
What Are The Signs Of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma?
According to the Mayo Clinic, signs of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma include the following:
- Swollen lymph nodes in your neck, armpits or groin.
- Abdominal pain or swelling.
- Chest pain, coughing or trouble breathing.
- Persistent fatigue.
- Night sweats.
- Unexplained weight loss.
Who Is Being Sued In The Roundup Lawsuit?
Bayer, the company that produces and markets Roundup, has been sued by over 125,000 plaintiffs.
As of May 2022, Bayer has reached settlement agreements in nearly 100,000 Roundup lawsuits by paying approximately $11 billion. Roughly 30,000 claims remain and new cases are continuing to be filed by victims.
Who Is Eligible For A Roundup Lawsuit In Alabama?
If you have been exposed to Roundup and were diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma or another lymphatic cancer, you should consider taking legal action against the manufacturer of Roundup. If you meet these criteria, you may have a case and should contact a Alabama Roundup Lawyer at Fob James Law Firm.
Below are groups of individuals commonly exposed to Roundup:
- Farmers and their employees
- Crop dusters
- Golf course applicators
- Landscapers and their employees
What Can I Recover From A Roundup Lawsuit?
Every case is unique, but people who file lawsuits can potentially recover money for some of the following damages:
- Past and future medical bills (including medication, hospital stays, and in-home care)
- Pain and suffering including mental anguish
- Psychological damage
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Funeral expenses (in the vent of a loved one’s death)
- The loss of enjoyment of life
- Broadly speaking, a plaintiff could be entitled to compensation for any past and future costs associated with their non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma diagnosis
How Long Do I Have To File A Roundup Lawsuit?
Every state is different so make sure you consult with an attorney before assuming how long you have to file a lawsuit. In Alabama, generally speaking, you have two years from the date of discovery of your Roundup exposure and/or Roundup-related injury to file a lawsuit.
How Much Does It Cost To Hire An Alabama Roundup Attorney?
It costs nothing upfront to hire us. Fob James Law Firm operates on the contingency-fee-basis, which means we only get paid if we successfully resolve your case. Our fees come out of a favorable settlement or jury award, not out of your pocket.
The Risk Of Cancer Is Real
More than 25 countries and some jurisdictions in the U.S. have banned or restricted the use of Roundup’s active ingredient Glyphosate due to its carcinogenic effects. Glyphosate is on California’s list of cancer-causing agents, while the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer dubbed it a “probable human carcinogen.” In addition, a review by the University of Washington found that agricultural professionals highly exposed to glyphosate had a 41% higher risk of contracting non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma than those with low or no exposure. More than 25 countries and some jurisdictions in the U.S. have banned or restricted the use of Glyphosate.
Roundup July 2022 Litigation Update
Updates on the Roundup lawsuit will be posted below throughout the litigation:
July 29, 2022: The maker of Roundup, Monsanto, has agreed to pay 45 million dollars to settle a class action lawsuit alleging false advertising and failure to warn health risks. This class action is different than the lawsuits filed by those that developed cancer.
July 25, 2022: A study sanctioned by the CDC concluded that the active ingredient of Roundup, Glyphosate, is found in the majority of U.S. urine samples. The International Agency for Research on Cancer – part of the World Health Organization — classifies Glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” Though the EPA in 2020 found that Glyphosate is “not likely” to cause cancer in humans, a federal appeals court last month ordered the EPA to reexamine its findings. Bayer plans to remove Glyphosate from consumer based products by 2023.
July 17, 2022: As of July 2022, roughly 30,000 Roundup claims remain active against Bayer. Additional claims are still being filed. Bayer will likely have to set side several billion dollars if it wants to settle these claims. Bayer’s stock has recently declined, which suggests that the market is pricing in liabilities connected with Roundup claims.
July 12, 2022: In a huge win for Plaintiffs, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled that a Georgia man’s state law claims against Bayer could move forward. The Plaintiff in that case asserted state law claims that Bayer failed to adequately warn of the risks of using Roundup. The Court rejected Bayer’s argument that federal law shielded it from state law claims. The Court’s ruling allows the Plaintiff’s lawsuit to move forward against Bayer.
In a similar case, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit also denied Bayer’s argument that federal law preempted state law. By appealing the same issue in multiple circuits, Bayer was clearly trying to get a conflicting ruling to create a “circuit split” in order to increase the chance of getting a case in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.
June 21, 2022: The Supreme Court of the United States rejected Bayer’s petition to dismiss claims by customers alleging Roundup causes cancer.
November 30, 2021: The California Supreme Court upheld an 87 million dollar verdict for a couple who were diagnosed with cancer.
June 29, 2021: Bayer announces that it plans to remove Glyphosate from U.S. Lawn and Garden products by 2023.
June 24, 2020: Bayer settles roughly 100,000 Roundup claims for 11 billion.
Contact an Alabama Roundup Lawyer Near Me For Help
At Fob James Law Firm, our job is to help you to the best of our ability and fight for you. If you’ve suffered non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma as a result of Roundup exposure, you should contact us immediately.
We can determine if you are eligible to file a lawsuit or not. It won’t cost you anything to speak with us.
Additionally, you’ll never pay us anything until we successfully settle or win your case in court. Our Alabama Roundup attorneys are experienced, dedicated, and they truly care about you.