Illinois Roundup Cancer Lawsuit Attorneys
If you or someone you love was recently diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and you believe that exposure to the weed killer Roundup might be the cause, be sure to contact the Illinois Roundup cancer lawyers of The Driscoll Firm, P.C. right away. Our experienced team of trial attorneys is actively pursuing litigation on behalf of those who’ve become ill due to the use of this harmful consumer product. We have extensive experience and a distinguished track record of success holding giant corporations accountable for the harm they cause innocent people, and we’re ready to put our skills to work for you.
Bayer paid $63 billion to acquire Monsanto in 2018, and that also meant that Bayer inherited Monsanto’s ongoing Roundup litigation. While Roundup litigation is in its early stages, the initial results have seen sizable awards being given to victims diagnosed with cancer after using Roundup.
In August 2018, a San Francisco jury awarded $289 million to a former school groundskeeper who used Roundup on the job and was now dying of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. About seven months later, a federal court civil jury in San Francisco awarded a California man who was diagnosed with cancer after using Roundup for more than a quarter-century was awarded $80 million. In May 2019, CBS News reported that a jury in Oakland, California awarded $2 billion in punitive damages and $55 million for pain and suffering to a couple diagnosed with cancer after using Roundup.
The next round of Roundup litigation will take place in a location very close to Illinois: St. Louis, Missouri, which also happens to be the Monsanto headquarters. The St. Louis County Circuit Court will hear its first trial in August 2019 and then has several additional cases over the following two years.
If you or your loved one has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma or another kind of cancer after using Roundup in Illinois, you need to know that you could be entitled to compensation for many of the financial hardships you are now facing. You may be able to join a class action lawsuit or possibly join multidistrict litigation (MDL) in some cases.
You are going to want to make sure you contact The Driscoll Firm, P.C.. We can answer all of your legal questions when you call 800-900-7704 or contact us online to set up a free consultation.
Do I Need A Roundup Cancer Lawsuit Lawyer?
Deciding between a class action and MDL can be very complicated and deserves serious consideration of all relevant factors. An experienced attorney is going to know all of the options available to you and will be able to explain how every step would work for you.
You need to understand that Bayer will often attempt to settle these cases out of court. In many cases, they will offer people lump sum settlements that can seem like large amounts of money to some people, but the numbers are almost always well short of what victims are entitled to.
You will want an attorney to handle all settlement negotiations on your behalf because they will have a fuller understanding of what your case is worth. A lawyer will know how to get a settlement that provides for every expense you have incurred or will incur because of your injuries.
If an attorney cannot achieve a truly fair and full settlement, then you will want their help filing a lawsuit. The lawyer is going to have a solid understanding of the applicable statute of limitations so you can be sure that your case satisfies all legal deadlines.
Why Choose The Driscoll Firm, P.C. To Handle My Case?
The attorneys of The Driscoll Firm, P.C. have been appointed by state and federal judges across the country to serve in leadership roles in consolidated litigation and class actions. We have helped thousands of clients since 2008.
John J. Driscoll has more than 30 years of legal experience. He is admitted to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, and United States District Court for the District of Minnesota.
Chris Quinn was a team leader in the Litigation Division for the Missouri Attorney General’s Office in 2006. One case he handled during this tenure was described as “one of the largest and most complex trials ever in the state.”
The Driscoll Firm, P.C. listens to the needs of our clients, and we do all of this on a contingency fee basis. In other words, you will only pay when you get a monetary award.
Types of Roundup Cancer Lawsuit Cases We Handle
Roundup claims often center on the active ingredient in the weed killer, glyphosate. In April 2019, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it was taking the next step in its review of glyphosate, but it also reaffirmed that glyphosate was not a carcinogen and there were no risks to public health when glyphosate is used by its current label.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an intergovernmental agency of the World Health Organization (WHO) of the United Nations (UN), drew a very different conclusion in March 2015. The IARC classified glyphosate as a “probable carcinogen” based on “clear evidence of cancer in experimental animals, limited evidence for cancer for humans from real-world exposures, of exposed farmers, and also strong evidence that it can damage the genes and other toxicological studies.”
According to Reuters, Bayer planned on using an attempted preemption or “silver bullet” defense that state claims would be prohibited because they conflict with federal law. Observers were skeptical about the success of such a claim because the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) did not preempt state law claims with its decision in Bates v. Dow Agrosciences LLC, 544 U.S. 431 (2005).
Some of the most common users of Roundup include, but are not limited to farm workers, groundskeepers, nursery employees, garden center employees, and landscapers. Glyphosate has been connected to non-Hodgkin lymphoma, B-Cell lymphoma, myeloma, and leukemia as well such conditions as:
- Parkinson’s disease
- Brain cancer
- Respiratory illnesses
- Celiac disease
- Breast, lung, and prostate cancers
- Multiple sclerosis
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
- Reproductive problems
- Heart disease
- Liver disease
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
When Roundup litigation is a class action lawsuit, then one person or a few people serve as the lead plaintiffs but represent the interests of a much broader class of similarly affected individuals. With a class action, the entire class shares a single award.
In MDL cases, each person retains control of their case, but all cases are handled in the same setting. The awards for MDL cases can vary depending on each specific claim.
How much glyphosate gets used in the United States?
A study by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) found glyphosate residues on about 90 percent of 300 soybean samples. A study entitled “Trends in glyphosate herbicide use in the United States and globally” published in Environmental Sciences Europe in 2016 found that two-thirds of the total volume of glyphosate applied in the United States between 1974 and 2014 was sprayed in just the past ten years. Farmers sprayed enough glyphosate in 2014 to apply almost 1.0 kg/ha (0.8 pounds/acre) on every hectare of American-cultivated cropland. According to Consumer Reports, the use of glyphosate increased tenfold over the past two decades.
Is the same amount of glyphosate found in all Roundup products?
Different Roundup products have varying amounts of glyphosate. Roundup Extended Control Concentrate, Roundup Weed & Grass Killer Concentrate Plus, Roundup Poison Ivy Concentrate Plus, and Roundup Max Control 365 Concentrate are all 18 percent glyphosate, but Roundup Ready-to-Use Poison Ivy, Roundup Extended Control, and Roundup Precision Gel are all 1 percent glyphosate. Roundup PRO Concentrate and Roundup Weed & Grass Killer Super Concentrate are both 50.2 percent glyphosate. Roundup QuikPRO is 73.3 percent glyphosate, Roundup Custom is 53.8 percent glyphosate, Roundup ProMAX is 48.7 percent glyphosate, Roundup Original is 41 percent glyphosate, and Roundup Ready-to-Use Weed & Grass Killer is 2 percent glyphosate.
Are there any other studies that have connected Roundup to cancer?
Several studies have examined the effects of glyphosate. The Journal of Environmental Science and Health published a study that was actually sponsored by Monsanto in 2016 and found a 30 percent increase in the risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, although it warned that “a causal relationship has not been established between glyphosate exposure and risk of any” lymphohematopoietic cancer (LHC). Another 2002 study in Leukemia & Lymphoma found increased risks in univariate analysis for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and hairy cell leukemia in subjects exposed to herbicides as well as significant associations were found for glyphosate. The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health published a study in 2014 that found double the risk for the development of B-cell lymphoma in people exposed to glyphosate at work. In 2008, a study in the International Journal of Cancer found that glyphosate increased the risk of a subtype of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma known as B-cell lymphoma by 87 percent and more than doubled a person’s risk for developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Subjects who reported using any five or more “potentially carcinogenic” pesticides were twice as likely to be non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma cases than controls and a 10 percent increased non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma incidence associated with living or working on a farm as an adult, according to a 2003 study in the Occupational and Environmental Medicine section of BMJ Journals.
Contact a Roundup Cancer Lawsuit Attorney in Illinois Today
Were you or your loved one diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma or another ailment after using Roundup in Illinois? You are going to want to be sure that you have an experienced lawyer by your side the entire time that you are attempting to recover the compensation you need and deserve.
The Driscoll Firm, P.C. understands the dangers of Roundup weed killer and fights to help the people who have been harmed by using this dangerous product. Call 800-900-7704 or contact us online to take advantage of a free consultation.