The maker of the popular weedkiller Roundup is facing a new class action lawsuit in Canada over allegations the product’s main ingredient—glyphosate—causes a rare form of cancer. Monsanto Company and its new parent company Bayer are battling similar lawsuits in the US and Australia, filed by people who used Roundup and later developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Glyphosate was deemed “probably cancerous to humans” in March 2015 by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organization. Peer-reviewed studies have also linked the chemical to cancer and other serious health problems.
The new Ontario-based class action was filed April 4, 2019 by plaintiffs diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after being exposed to Roundup. The lawsuit is open to all Canadian residents, excluding residents of Quebec, who used Roundup at work or at home between 1976 to the date of the eventual certification order and later developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
A similar lawsuit is being sought in Quebec on behalf of Quebec residents who were exposed to Roundup and developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
These lawsuits allege glyphosate puts people exposed to it at an increased risk for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The claims also allege Monsanto knew about the risk, misrepresented the safety of Roundup, and failed to adequately warn consumers about the risks of Roundup.
Roundup is the most widely used herbicide in the world. It is used in farm fields across the country and by consumers at home every day.
If you were exposed to Roundup between 1976 and April 4, 2019, you may be eligible to join the class action lawsuit and you may be eligible for financial compensation.
Call Schmidt National Law Group today at 800-631-5656 to speak with a member of our legal team and see if you qualify for the Roundup Class Action Lawsuit.
Roundup was first introduced in 1976 to consumers as a miracle weed and grass killer. It has been used by thousands of Canadians on lawns and gardens since.
In 1996, Monsanto introduced Roundup Ready seeds—genetically modified seeds designed to resist Roundup. Farmers using Roundup Ready seeds could spray Roundup throughout their fields to kill weeds and pests without fear of killing their crops.
Since the introduction of Roundup Ready seeds, the weedkiller has become prolific in our environment. It has been found in soil, water, and air samples around the world.
Roundup is essentially inescapable, and the main ingredient glyphosate is a probable carcinogen that has been associated with an increased risk of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a rare blood cancer that begins in the body’s lymphatic system, an important part of the immune system. Symptoms of the cancer often mimic those of other diseases and can include swollen lymph nodes, abdominal pain or swelling, chest pain, fatigue, and weight loss.
There have been numerous studies linking exposure to Roundup to an increased risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
A 2014 study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health found people exposed to Roundup at work had a two-fold increased risk of developing B-cell lymphoma, a subtype of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Even a Monsanto-sponsored study published in 2016 in the Journal of Environmental Sciences and Health found a 40% increase in risk for B-cell lymphoma and a 30% increase in risk for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in people exposed to Roundup.
The authors pointed out that no “causal relationship” has been found between Roundup exposure and the rare form of cancer.