The weed-killer, Roundup, contains the active ingredient glyphosate, which the International Agency of Research on Cancer (IARC”) has classified as a probable carcinogen. Claims against the manufacturer of Roundup, Monsanto Company, allege that Monsanto failed to warn users of the increased risk of developing Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma from spraying Roundup. Despite knowing for decades that Roundup can cause cancer, Monsanto has hidden the truth from the American public.
Roundup is a weed-killer manufactured by Monsanto Company. It was first released in 1974 and has been advertised by Monsanto as safe to be sprayed on crops and around people and animals. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup and is a broad-spectrum, nonselective herbicide that is used on crops and lawns to control and eliminate weeds. Glyphosate is absorbed through the leaves, stems and roots of plants, and inhibits a specific enzyme that ultimately kills the plant.
Monsanto marketed Roundup as safe and non-toxic, intentionally choosing not to warn the public of the increased risk of developing cancer, specifically, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. People with long-term, consistent exposure to or use of Roundup are most at risk, and often include those employed:
Monsanto’s Roundup is currently the largest-selling and most widely used weedkiller in the world. Monsanto discovered the herbicidal properties of glyphosate and began marketing Roundup® widely in the mid-1970s.
Numerous studies conducted over the years has found evidence linking the weed killer’s main ingredient, glyphosate, to many different types of cancers including Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. To this day, Monsanto, fails to disclose that use of and/or exposure to Roundup can cause serious health consequences.
In August 2018, a San Francisco jury awarded a plaintiff $289 million dollars, finding Monsanto’s Roundup weed-killer caused his cancer. A California jury recently unanimously held that Monsanto was responsible for causing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and awarded the Plaintiff $80 million dollars.
Since Roundup’s inception over 40 years ago, Monsanto refuses to act responsibly. It is clear from Monsanto’s actions that it does not care whether Roundup causes cancer, focusing instead on manipulating public opinion and undermining anyone who raises genuine and legitimate concerns about Roundup.
One of Monsanto’s largest manufacturing facilities is right here in our back yard in Luling, Louisiana. Monsanto has had operations at the Luling plant for more than 60 years. It started developing glyphosate at its Luling plaint for its signature Roundup formula in 1975. In 2010, Monsanto spent several hundred million dollars on an expansion in Luling to increase production of their signature product: RoundUp. The expansion made the plant the single largest producer of glyphosate in the world, and increased their production by 20% globally. To this day, Monsanto continues to manufacture and produce RoundUp in astronomical quantities in Luling, Louisiana.
Luling, Louisiana is home to one of Monsanto/Bayer’s largest manufacturing facilities in the world, and which is currently its single largest producer of glyphosate. With this right here in our back yard, The Cheek Law Firm is poised and ready to fight for victims in Louisiana who have been injured from Monsanto’s callous disregard for human life in not warning users of Roundup of the potentially devastating consequences.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer after using or being exposed to Roundup, contact the lawyers at The Cheek Law Firm LLC today for a free evaluation of your potential case.
Lindsey Cheek is the founding member and chief attorney at the Cheek Law Firm, LLC. She got her J.D. from the South Texas College of Law and her B.B.A. from the University of Houston. Ms. Cheek passed the Bar admissions for the State of Louisiana, the State of Texas, the State of Pennsylvania, and the Northern District of Texas. She is a skilled and experienced lawyer who has recovered millions of dollars in settlements for her clients.