Over the last year, there have been thousands of lawsuits filed against Bayer, the owner of Monsanto. Monsanto is the company that manufactured and distributed RoundUp. The claims are that the weed-killer causes cancer, especially after prolonged use. Last summer, a federal trial in California resulted in a jury award of hundreds of millions of dollars. The judge later reduced the judgment to just $25 million. However, this finding spawned additional lawsuits to be filed. It also spelled the future for Bayer, the new owner of Monsanto.
Last month, the U.S. government actually backed Bayer, claiming that the active ingredient in RoundUp was not cancer-causing. They claimed that glysophate, the active ingredient, was not a carcinogen. The Environmental Protection Agency actually stated that they approved the warning that was on the RoundUp label.
The basis for the RoundUp litigation is that the warnings on the bottles didn’t let the consumers know that the product caused cancer. Since the EPA states that the warning was approved- without any warning of cancer – they believe the ruling in the California case should be reversed.
The problem is, not everyone agrees that RoundUp is safe. The World Health Organization disagrees with the EPA. They believe and have stated that RoundUp does cause cancer. They believe that the lawsuits are justified and that the product is dangerous.
What does this mean for the pending litigation? Well, it could mean nothing. Some of the larger cases have already been delayed so that the defendants could work on a settlement. However, with this new backing by the federal government, who knows what will happen?
If your loved one was diagnosed with cancer and you believe it was caused by a dangerous product, call our RoundUp lawyers for help right away.