Roundup lawsuits continue to make headlines
In the last few years, makers of the popular weedkiller Roundup have faced thousands of lawsuits alleging that their product caused cancer. Now, more than 18,000 claimants have filed suit.
Claimants allege that exposure to glyphosate, the ingredient found in Roundup, caused them to develop non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Furthermore, they allege that Monsanto, makers of Roundup, knew about the risks of their product and failed to issue appropriate warning to consumers.
As of August 9, 2019, three cases against Monsanto have gone to trial. All three cases have resulted in massive awards for plaintiffs. Even after judges reduced the amounts recommended by juries, the verdicts were significant. For example, in July, a California judge reduced a couple’s $2 billion verdict to $87 million.
In May of this year, Kenneth Feinberg was hired to mediate a settlement in multidistrict litigation (MDL) over Roundup. However, Feinberg says that that mediation is still in its preliminary stages. Reports in popular media stated that BayerAG (who bought Monsanto last year) proposed settling the MDL for $8 billion, but Feinberg denies that dollar amounts have been offered or discussed at this stage. Ken Feinberg is a veteran mediator and an expert in victim compensation funds; he has overseen the 9/11 victims compensation fund, the GM ignition switch recall, and the Pennsylvania dioceses clergy sexual abuse survivors compensation programs, among others.
Individuals who may file suit against the makers of Roundup include anyone who has had excessive exposure to the product (more than eight hours). People who may be more likely to have had this kind of high exposure include landscapers, groundskeepers, farmers, agriculture workers, gardeners, property maintenance workers, and others. If you or someone you love developed cancer after exposure to Roundup in large quantities or for an extended time, contact Munley Law for a free consultation.
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