On Tuesday, a federal grand jury found that the pesticide Roundup played a significant role in causing a man’s cancer. The unanimous decision made by the jurors in the case tried in court in San Francisco against the manufacturer Monsanto stated that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, did indeed play a part in the 70-year-old man developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after years of using the product on his property. This is merely the second verdict against Roundup’s manufacturer Monsanto. Thousands of cases loom on dockets nationwide by plaintiffs alleging that the widely used weed killer led to their diagnoses and subsequent illnesses from cancer.
First Roundup Lawsuit
In August 2018, jurors in California awarded a former school groundskeeper nearly $290 million in damages in the first lawsuit alleging that Roundup caused the plaintiff’s cancer. His trial preceded all others due to the terminal diagnosis he received from his doctors. According to the state of California, plaintiffs close to succumbing to fatal illnesses are entitled to expedited trials.
Differences in Second Roundup Case
The second plaintiff’s case differs from the first because it will be decided in two separate phases. In the first part, the jury determined that the pesticide Roundup caused the plaintiff’s cancer. During the second part, the jury will focus on whether the manufacturer Monsanto is liable for the man’s cancer. The outcome of this case may set a precedent in future Roundup cases in the decision to pursue product liability lawsuits or reach settlement agreements instead.
Debate About Roundup Causing Cancer
Monsanto, the manufacturer of Roundup, which was recently acquired by Bayer, continues to deny culpability, and insists that numerous scientific studies prove that glyphosate is safe. They point to about 800 studies including ones conducted by the EPA and the National Institutes of Health. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization cited in a 2015 report that glyphosate is not safe and alleged that it is carcinogenic to humans, which led to the onset of numerous lawsuits against Monsanto.
Philadelphia Products Liability Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Pursue Justice for Those Harmed by Dangerous Household Products
The verdict in the second lawsuit against the pesticide Roundup resulted in a unanimous decision that the product was responsible for causing cancer in the plaintiff. If you or your loved one suffered from medical issues due to toxic exposure involving a dangerous household product, you may be entitled to compensation.
Call our Philadelphia products liability lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC at 215-569-8488 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. We serve clients in Pennsylvania, including Delaware County and Chester County, as well as those in Delaware and New Jersey.