Monsanto was founded in 1901 and has dealt with various controversies from
the very beginning. It began with the company’s first product, which
was chemical saccharin sold as an artificial sweetener to Coca-Cola. The
government knew of the chemical’s poisonous trait but lost in its
attempt to stop Monsanto from manufacturing the product.
In the 2000s, the use of
Monsanto’s product, Roundup, grew substantially as the company controlled the largest share of the
worlds GMO market. The United States government supported aerial spraying
of Roundup, even spending hundreds of millions of dollars to fund it.
The company has faced numerous lawsuits for various reasons, but in the
past decade or so, there have been some serious claims made against the
company. At Domina Law Group, our lawyers understand the legal matters
being taken against Monsanto and we want to help our clients understand
their rights to pursue a lawsuit.
Violation of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
The United States Department of Justice filed a Deferred Prosecution Agreement
against Monsanto in 2005. Monsanto admitted to the allegations of violating
Foreign Corrupt Practices act by falsifying information they placed in
their documentation. This resulted in a $1.5 million fine and involved
a Senior Manager allegedly bribing an Indonesian consulting firm with
$50,000 for the assessment of Monsanto’s GMO.
Two of Monsanto’s subsidiary Asgrow’s directors were ordered
to pay a €15,000 by the Correctional Tribunal of Carcassonne, France
due to knowledge of unauthorized GMOs being present in bags of seed. In
2012, another false advertising claim was brought against Monsanto by
the Brazilian Regional Federal Court. The company was fined $250,000.
Monsanto has faced numerous lawsuits regarding their Agent Orange place,
the first coming in 1980. Most recently, in 2013, a claim was settled
between Monsanto and Nitro, West Virginia. The company paid a $93 million
settlement to help with damages, cleanup, and more.
Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide has been recently linked to possible
non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Because of the product containing glyphosate, on
July 29, 2015, the World Health Organization labeled Roundup as a probable
carcinogen for humans who have been exposed to the herbicide. Most states
have a one year statute from the date of discovery, so the deadline to
discuss a claim is fast approaching on these types of cases.
Domina Law Group has been investigating matters involving Roundup and the
link to cancer. Our firm wants you to understand that the deadline to
take action before July 29, 2016 before the statute passes. We know what
these lawsuits need to succeed and we work to provide you with the most
favorable outcome possible.
If you or someone you know was exposed to Monsanto Roundup and developed
non-Hodgkin lymphoma, you should take the necessary legal action to seek
Contact our firm today and learn more about your rights and options moving forward. Remember,
the deadline to file a claim is fast approaching, so reach out to us as
soon as you can.