For decades, Roundup has been a household name, frequently chosen by homeowners and agricultural businesses alike for its effective weed-killing properties. Manufactured by Monsanto, now a subsidiary of Bayer AG, Roundup’s pervasive use has made it one of the most recognized herbicides worldwide. However, concerns regarding its safety have emerged. Studies have linked the main ingredient, glyphosate, to various health concerns, ranging from skin irritations to more serious allegations of cancer.
Given these concerns, a significant number of lawsuits have been filed against Monsanto/Bayer AG by individuals claiming to have suffered health issues as a result of Roundup exposure. For those contemplating legal action, understanding the elements required to prove a Roundup lawsuit becomes crucial. At Wool Trial Law, we focus on representing individuals in these complex litigations, providing informed guidance and support to ensure justice is served.
Background on Roundup and Its Active Ingredient
Introduced in the 1970s by Monsanto, Roundup quickly became the herbicide of choice for many due to its potent weed-killing capabilities. Roundup’s effectiveness lies in its active ingredient: glyphosate. As a systemic herbicide, glyphosate works by inhibiting a plant enzyme essential for growth, leading to the plant’s eventual death.
However, the widespread adoption of Roundup brought with it increased scrutiny. Over the years, numerous scientific studies have sounded the alarm about potential health risks associated with glyphosate exposure. One of the most significant revelations came from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a branch of the World Health Organization, which classified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” This classification, along with other independent research findings, has been a catalyst for the rising tide of legal actions against Monsanto/Bayer AG by affected individuals.
Proving a Roundup Lawsuit
Successfully litigating a Roundup-related lawsuit depends on establishing several key components:
- Causation – The foundation of any lawsuit is demonstrating causation. Plaintiffs must convincingly show that Roundup exposure was a substantial factor in causing their injury or illness. This often necessitates expert testimonies and scientific backing.
- Usage – Establishing a history of Roundup use or exposure is critical. This could be evidenced through purchase records, witness statements, or other documentation indicating regular or significant contact with the herbicide.
- Injury documentation – Beyond simply stating harm, plaintiffs must provide concrete medical records and, where applicable, expert testimonies to authenticate the nature and extent of their injuries or illnesses resulting from Roundup exposure.
- Failure to warn – A strong lawsuit may also lean on the argument that Monsanto/Bayer AG did not sufficiently or transparently warn users of the potential risks tied to Roundup, thereby breaching their duty to consumers.
Navigating a Roundup lawsuit can be challenging, given the depth of evidence required and the intricacies of the legal process. Our firm has the skills and resources to prove your claim and hold Monsanto/Bayer AG accountable.
Challenges in Proving a Roundup Lawsuit
Plaintiffs in a Roundup lawsuit face an uphill battle. First, establishing a direct link between Roundup exposure and the specific health issue at hand is challenging. Given the myriad factors that can contribute to health conditions, especially those like cancer, isolating glyphosate as the primary or substantial cause demands rigorous scientific evidence and expert testimonies. Moreover, Monsanto/Bayer AG, armed with attorneys and a reservoir of studies, often contests these causative links, further complicating the plaintiff’s burden of proof.
Another challenge lies in proving usage history. Demonstrating consistent or significant exposure to Roundup, especially over extended periods, requires detailed records and sometimes corroborative testimonies. This becomes particularly difficult when individuals have used the product intermittently or without maintaining consistent purchase or usage logs. Finally, going up against Monsanto/Bayer AG can be daunting. With deep pockets and a vested interest in protecting its bottom line, the company has an unfair advantage over injury victims.
How Wool Trial Law Can Help
Our firm has a proven history of success in mass tort litigation, helping countless individuals fight back against formidable adversaries. Over the years, we have earned a reputation for taking on large corporations in some of the most complex product liability and toxic tort claims. We’ve been there before and know what it takes to win a Roundup lawsuit.
Notably, founder David Wool was co-counsel in the successful Bayer Monsanto Roundup litigation (Hardeman v. Monsanto). In 2019, a unanimous jury found that our client’s cancer was caused by Roundup and by Monsanto’s failure to warn of the known dangers of its product; the plaintiff was ultimately awarded $25 million.
Our track record in securing favorable verdicts and settlements highlights our dedication, experience, and meticulous approach to every case. We invest heavily in research and regularly collaborate with a network of medical and scientific professionals to prepare and present compelling evidence.
Once you become our client, we will guide you through every step of the process – from gathering evidence to negotiating settlements or passionately representing your interests in court. With Wool Trial Law by your side, you’re gaining staunch allies in your pursuit of justice.
Representing Victims of Roundup Expsoure Nationwide
If you or a loved one has developed a medical condition such as cancer or non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after long-term use of Roundup, Wool Trial Law can help. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.