Missouri Roundup Cancer Lawsuit Attorneys
Were you diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL) as a result of exposure to the weed killer Roundup and the carcinogen glyphosate used in this harmful product? If so, our attorneys want to hear from you. We are actively helping people just like you get the justice and compensation they deserve.
The company Monsanto is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, and Gordon v. Monsanto is the next civil case relating to the company’s Roundup weed killer scheduled to go to St. Louis County Circuit Court on August 19, 2019. The same court is expected to hear several more Roundup cases over the next two years, with the number of plaintiffs involved ranging from one to as many as 24.
The Missouri trials will follow three significant losses for Monsanto in California. On May 13, 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.
A San Francisco jury also awarded $289 million in August 2018 to a former school groundskeeper dying of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after using Roundup on the job, although that award was later reduced. A federal court civil jury in San Francisco awarded a California man $80 million for cancer he claimed was caused by more than 25 years of Roundup use in March 2019.
Were you or your loved one diagnosed with cancer after using Roundup? You may be entitled to many different kinds of compensation for your injuries, and you will want to be sure that you have qualified help in obtaining all damages.
The Driscoll Firm, P.C. can fight to make sure that you receive everything that you need and deserve. Call 800-900-7704 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.
Do I Need A Roundup Cancer Lawsuit Lawyer?
While a non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma diagnosis after using Roundup can seem like the only requirement for possible legal action, you still need to prove that the Monsanto product was the cause of your injuries. An attorney is going to know how to make and establish this connection.
Not all cases necessarily go to trial, and Bayer, which inherited the Roundup litigation with its $63 billion acquisition of Monsanto in 2018, will attempt to settle many of these cases out of court. You will want to have a lawyer who understands the actual value of your case to be the party handling your settlement negotiations.
In many cases, an insurance company will contact a victim and offer them a lump sum settlement with the provision that accepting the offer will allow the victim to keep more money for themselves. You need to know that this is an empty promise because while you will indeed avoid paying an attorney, you will also be accepting a settlement that is likely to be far less than you are entitled to.
A lawyer will work towards a full and fair settlement that covers all of your past, present, and future expenses. When an acceptable settlement is not offered, your attorney can take the case to trial by filing a lawsuit.
Why Choose The Driscoll Firm, P.C. To Handle My Case?
The Driscoll Firm, P.C. fights for the rights of those who’ve been hurt by dangerous consumer products like Roundup. We only represent people, not major corporations, and we’re here to even the playing field and hold these companies accountable when they harm people like you.
John J. Driscoll has served as class counsel in a number of matters in state and federal courts throughout the United States. He was an Illinois Assistant Public Defender before becoming an in-chambers law clerk to two Illinois Appellate Court Justices and then handling pharmaceutical product liability litigation.
Chris Quinn was a team leader in the Litigation Division after joining the Missouri Attorney General’s Office in 2006. During this time, he oversaw a case described as “one of the largest and most complex trials ever in the state.”
Do not let money prevent you from contacting our firm. The Driscoll Firm, P.C. handles all cases on a contingency fee basis, so you pay nothing until you obtain a financial award.
Types of Roundup Cancer Lawsuit Cases We Handle
The common factor in several Roundup claims is the active ingredient, glyphosate. In March 2015, an intergovernmental agency of the World Health Organization (WHO) of the United Nations (UN), the International Agency for Research on Cancer (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.”
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) drew different conclusions than the IARC. In April 2019, the EPA stated it was taking the next step in its review of glyphosate, but reaffirmed that glyphosate is not a carcinogen and there are no risks to public health when glyphosate is used following its current label.
Reuters reported that Bayer was hoping to use an attempted preemption or “silver bullet” defense that state claims are prohibited because they conflict with federal law. The Supreme Court of the United States ruled in Bates v. Dow Agrosciences LLC, 544 U.S. 431 (2005), however, that the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) did not preempt state law claims.
Some of the most frequent users of Roundup include, but are not limited to:
- Garden Center Employees
- Nursery Employees
- Farm Workers
Glyphosate has been connected to several types of cancers. Some of the most common cancers victims suffer include non-Hodgkin lymphoma, B-Cell lymphoma, myeloma, and leukemia. Glyphosate has also been connected to other conditions such as:
- Brain cancer
- Respiratory illnesses
- Breast, lung, and prostate cancers
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
- Heart disease
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Liver disease
- Reproductive problems
- Multiple sclerosis
- Celiac disease
- Parkinson’s disease
The Driscoll Firm, P.C. has experience handling both class action lawsuits and MDL cases. There are important differences between these two types of legal cases.
Class action lawsuits are single actions with a significant number of plaintiffs who all share the same or similar harm. In MDL, multiple lawsuits are all handled in the same setting, but each plaintiff retains control of their individual claim.
When a class action results in an award, that award is shared by all members of the class. MDL awards can be different among plaintiffs because each case will see its own separate resolution, so any money awarded is solely for the named plaintiff.
Is the same amount of glyphosate found in all Roundup products?
No, there are different kinds of Roundup products, each with its own amount of glyphosate. Roundup Precision Gel, Roundup Extended Control, and Roundup Ready-to-Use Poison Ivy are all 1 percent glyphosate while Roundup Max Control 365 Concentrate, Roundup Poison Ivy Concentrate Plus, Roundup Weed & Grass Killer Concentrate Plus, and Roundup Extended Control Concentrate are all 18 percent glyphosate. Roundup Ready-to-Use Weed & Grass Killer is 2 percent glyphosate, Roundup Original is 41 percent glyphosate, Roundup ProMAX is 48.7 percent glyphosate, Roundup Weed & Grass Killer Super Concentrate is 50.2 percent glyphosate, Roundup PRO Concentrate is 50.2 percent glyphosate, Roundup Custom is 53.8 percent glyphosate, and Roundup QuikPRO is 73.3 percent glyphosate.
How much glyphosate gets used in the United States?
Consumer Reports said that the use of glyphosate had increased tenfold in the past two decades. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) found glyphosate residues on about 90 percent of 300 soybean samples in one study while a different study published in Environmental Sciences Europe in 2016 entitled “Trends in glyphosate herbicide use in the United States and globally” 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 10 years. Enough glyphosate was sprayed by farmers in 2014 to apply almost 1.0 kg/ha (0.8 pounds/acre) on every hectare of American-cultivated cropland.
Are there any other studies that have connected Roundup to cancer?
A 2016 study (sponsored by Monsanto, no less) published in the Journal of Environmental Science and Health found a 30 percent increase in the risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The study warned that “a causal relationship has not been established between glyphosate exposure and risk of any” lymphohematopoietic cancer (LHC). In 2014, the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health published a study that found a two-fold risk for the development of B-cell lymphoma in people exposed to glyphosate at work. The International Journal of Cancer published a study in 2008 that 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. The Occupational and Environmental Medicine section of BMJ Journals published a study in 2003 that found that 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. Leukemia & Lymphoma published a study in 2002 that found increased risks in univariate analysis for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and hairy cell leukemia in subjects exposed to herbicides, and significant associations were found for glyphosate.
Contact a Roundup Cancer Lawsuit Attorney in Missouri Today
If you or your loved one were diagnosed with cancer after using Roundup in Missouri, know that you have legal options. The Driscoll Firm, P.C. will stand up and fight for your health, your rights, and your family’s financial stability. We have extensive experience taking on companies who put consumers in harm’s way, and we’re ready to put our skills to work for you.
The Driscoll Firm, P.C. has helped thousands of clients get justice and fair compensation when they’ve been hurt by the negligent actions of an individual or company. We can discuss all of your legal options with you as soon as you call 800-900-7704 or contact us online to receive a free consultation.