Since 2015, Monsanto Roundup, a worldwide leading herbicide, has been called into question for allegedly causing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Over the years, over 43,000 Roundup lawsuits have been filed and even verdicts handed down against Bayer, the maker of Roundup, with appeals in progress. One case is getting ready to be heard in St. Louis.
What is New in Roundup Litigation?
Before Roundup was sold to Bayer in 2018, it was run by Hugh Grant, the former Chairman and CEO from 2003 until Bayer’s acquisition. In a trial scheduled for late January 2020, Grant will have to testify in a St. Louis-area case. The plaintiffs’ lawyers saw a good opportunity to subpoena Grant since he ran the St. Louis-based Monsanto before the company was sold. Because the other three (3) Monsanto trials were held in California, Grant did not have to testify.
Grant’s lawyers tried to fight this subpoena, saying that he is not a scientist or a regulatory expert. This argument failed as the matter came before a special master, an official appointed by a judge to ensure judicial orders are followed. The special master spoke about Mr. Grant’s appearance on a radio show and his talks with investors about how Roundup is not a carcinogen. The special master also mentioned that Mr. Grant’s time as CEO for 15 years would have made him privy to information that could be valuable to this trial.
In this St. Louis trial, the plaintiff received a diagnosis of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after using Roundup for 25 years on her residential property. Her stepfather also used Roundup on the property and died of cancer. This case, filed with more than 75 other plaintiffs in July 2017, will be the first to be heard from this group. This trial was originally scheduled for August 2019, but it was postponed due to settlement talks. There were two (2) other trials set for January 2020 in California that were also postponed for settlement talks.
What Other Trials are Happening Soon?
One trial in California has a plaintiff who used Roundup from 1977 to 2018 in her garden and in her landscaping business. She also owned a farm where the product was used too. She too has developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Another trial set for February 24, 2020, will be heard within the federal court system. This plaintiff received a diagnosis of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2014 after using Roundup on her property with her husband. Recently, her husband has also been diagnoses with the same kind of cancer, and will put in a claim for his injuries.
Contact an Experienced Monsanto Roundup Lawyer
If you or a loved one used Monsanto Roundup and were diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, you should contact a lawyer with experience. You may be entitled to compensation for medical costs, lost wages and pain and suffering, among other losses. Our firm works with knowledgeable Monsanto lawyers who are investigating these cases. There is no fee unless you obtain a settlement of award. Contact us toll-free at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out an online contact form for a free (no obligation) case evaluation.