Roundup weed killer has been on the market since 1976, and hundreds of thousands of Americans have used the product in the intervening years. Marketed heavily on television through the 80s and 90s, consumers were assured it was a safe method of dealing with pesky plants on their properties.
Roundup is glyphosate based. Glyphosate was discovered by Monsanto in the 1970s, and its anti-plant properties were quickly recognized as potentially valuable. Though initial tests determined glyphosate was potentially dangerous to mammals in high concentrations, Monsanto ignored those potential dangerous and developed a weed killer using the compound and called it Roundup.
Though initially only indicated as problematic in suicides or accidental deaths due to ingestion of large quantities, Roundup has now been associated with the development of certain otherwise rare cancers. Seeking to hold the company accountable for the dangerous chemical, lawsuits have been filed.
Bayer, which took over control of the product from Monsanto, is still attempting to win these lawsuits, but three recent decisions have the company on the defense. These cases include:
- A May 2019 jury decision awarding a couple over 2 billion dollars
- A March 2019 damage including 80 million dollars in damages
- A nearly 300 million dollar decision in August of 2018
With these three major losses, it is clear that juries are recognizing that Roundup does not just kill weeds, it puts human lives at jeopardy as well. With over forty years on the market, it is difficult to imagine the scope of people exposed to this dangerous compound unnecessarily.
If you or someone you love has developed cancer after prolonged exposure to Roundup, and you believe that the chemicals in the defoliant may have been a factor in your disease development, please reach out to an experienced attorney. Juries have recognized that putting profits over human life is unacceptable, and you too are entitled to compensation for your suffering.