The latest lawsuit against Monsanto brought out a brand new wrinkle to
the myriad of legal conflicts the producers of Roundup has faced over
the past several years – internal emails reportedly showing how
the company worked to suppress evidence and “bully scientists”
over its product’s alleged links to cancer.
DeWayne Johnson, a former school groundskeeper and father of three, brought
a lawsuit against Monsanto in California after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s
lymphoma in 2014. One of Johnson’s duties at work was to apply Roundup
to the school grounds. During the trial, the jury was shown photos of
the rashes and lesions on Johnson’s skin after he was regularly
exposed to the chemical.
In addition to the internal company emails, Johnson’s lawyer stated
that the trial will include commentary from 10 current and former employees
of Monsanto and documents that reportedly show how the company came up
with plans to ghostwrite research that produced favorable results for
their product. Some of these emails, reportedly sent in the 1990’s,
include discussions over the findings of a genotoxicity expert who raised
concerns over the potential impact of Roundup on human beings and suggested
researching the issue further. In response, Monsanto representatives allegedly
started to consider finding a different expert and began working on a
press statement about how there was no risk in using the product.
While Monsanto claims that its product is safe for general use, recent
research has raised enough doubt for a number of countries, including
England, Germany, Italy, and more, to introduce policies restricting or
even outright banning the sale and use of this chemical. Our attorneys
at the Domina Law Group have been investigating the harmful effects of
Monsanto’s product Roundup for years, and are committed to providing
farmers in Nebraska with the dedicated legal representation they require
to secure the compensation they deserve.
Read more about the potential dangers of Roundup here.
Back in 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a report that stated
“Roundup is probably carcinogenic to humans”. Other agencies, including the California Environmental Protection Agency’s
Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) have also looked
into the potentially harmful effects of this product, and have determined
that exposure to glyphosate, the generic name of Roundup, is a probable
cause of cancer.
In addition to cancer, specifically non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, glyphosate
has been potentially linked to a number of serious diseases, including:
- Pulmonary edemas
- Kidney failure
- Parkinson’s disease
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Alzheimer’s disease
While Monsanto has put in considerable effort to combat any links between
their multi-billion dollar product and cancer or other diseases, a group
of independent scientists recently came together to urge the EPA to ban
the product over its possible risk to humans, animals, and the environment
as a whole.
“Glyphosate negatively affects the soil microbiome,”
said Dr. Stephen Frantz, Pathobiologist Research Scientist and leader of
the team of scientists. “It is destroying the ability of soil to be a nutritive medium
for producing crops. Organic or biological regenerative agriculture is
the solution for the sustainable agricultural sector and will conserve
soil, air and water quality, and sequester carbon that helps to mitigate
the climate crisis. We call for a ban on glyphosate.”
The Domina Law Group represents four farmers who contracted non-Hodgkin’s
lymphoma, which they argue is due to glyphosate exposure.
“Monsanto championed falsified data and has attacked legitimate studies
that revealed Roundup’s dangers,” the lawsuit states. “Monsanto
led a campaign of misinformation to convince government agencies, farmers
and the general population that Roundup is safe. Its continuing denial
extends to the date of this Complaint.”
Monsanto, as a multi-billion dollar corporation, is by no means a timid
opponent in the courtroom. Neither are we. At the Domina Law Group, our
attorneys have decades of experience handling cases of all shapes and
sizes. We’ve successfully secured more than $2 billion in verdicts
and settlements, some of which came in cases against some of the largest
and most powerful companies and organizations in the world. If you contracted
non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and were exposed to glyphosate, you may be
able to file a claim against Monsanto. Discuss your potential legal options
by giving our Monsanto Roundup lawyers a call at (888) 387-4134, or
fill out this form (PDF) so we can assess your potential claim.