A cancer diagnosis is some of the most devastating news a person can hear. After processing this information, you may seek answers to why this has happened. In some cases, products marketed as safe for regular use turn out to be unsafe. This is what happened with Roundup.
A recent study found that exposure to glyphosate, a herbicide present in Roundup, increases the risk of some cancers by 41 percent. A later study published in July 2022 revealed the effects of Roundup are more significant than previously thought. If you have been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma or thyroid cancer and have used Roundup, you may be entitled to compensation. A mass torts lawyer can evaluate your case and whether you have a claim.
What Is a Mass Tort Case?
A mass tort case is where many people file a civil lawsuit as a group against a party that has caused a common injury to everyone in the group. These claims can be based on theories of negligence or unintentional actions that caused the injury.
Sometimes mass tort cases are confused with class action cases. Generally, in mass tort cases, the group of injured people bringing the lawsuit is smaller than in a class action. This is because the injured people are usually in a specific geographical area.
Also, different from a class action, each individual’s facts matter and their claims must be proven individually, including how they were injured. There is no one “representative” of everyone’s facts in a mass tort case.
Roundup was one of the most popular and profitable weed killers ever sold. Its active ingredient was glyphosate, which is toxic to most broadleaf plants and grasses. Monsanto developed Roundup, and Monsanto subsequently developed plant seeds that were able to resist the damage of Roundup and avoid being killed when sprayed. This caused purchases of Roundup to skyrocket.
Unfortunately, with time, studies revealed that glyphosate caused cancer in humans and animals and environmental damage. Bayer acquired Monsanto in 2018. Many believe that Monsanto and Bayer should have been more proactive in warning users that Roundup could cause cancer and failed to do so.
In the case of Roundup claims, lawsuits have been ongoing for many years. However, you may still be able to file a claim if your circumstances warrant it. Bayer and Monsanto settled for approximately $11 billion with many injured individuals, and many have already received compensation. However, if you have not filed a claim, you may still be able to file a lawsuit.
Roundup litigation continues. There are presently many cases that are going to trial. You may be able to file a lawsuit against Bayer, the current owner of Roundup, for compensation for your injuries.
Speak With an Attorney
If you believe you or a loved one has been injured by Roundup, you may have a legal claim and be entitled to compensation. We invite you to contact our office today for a free consultation. We can help you evaluate all of your legal rights and remedies.