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The weed killer Roundup has been linked to a kind of cancer called Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. For decades, the manufacturer of this chemical spray has been promoting its safety and effectiveness for home and commercial use, making it the most popular weed killer in the United States. A cancer diagnosis is always traumatic, but finding out it could potentially have been prevented is absolutely devastating to the people and families affected by this dangerous product.

Why Choose Parker Waichman LLP For Your Roundup Lymphoma Lawsuit?

As experienced product liability trial attorneys, the lawyers at Parker Waichman LLP, understand your life has completely changed since your diagnosis, and we are committed to bringing you the compensation and justice you deserve. Our skilled lawyers are ready to investigate your Roundup claim and determine whether you can file a Roundup lawsuit to hold the manufacturer liable for your injuries.

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What is Glyphosate?


Roundup is an herbicide applied to plants and grasses to control weeds. Monsanto (the manufacturer of Roundup) discovered Roundup’s active ingredient, glyphosate, in 1970 and put it into weed killer for sale in 1974. Glyphosate is the most popular weed killer in the country, and Monsanto had the exclusive right to sell it until 2000.

People use glyphosate in their home gardens and on their yards, and it is also widely used commercially on crops, nurseries, parks, and golf courses. It is estimated that people spray about 250 million pounds of glyphosate each year. Glyphosate is a non-selective herbicide, which means it will kill most plants on which it is sprayed by preventing them from making certain proteins necessary for growth.

Because Roundup has the propensity to kill more than just weeds, Monsanto also developed special seeds that are genetically modified to withstand Roundup. Marketed under the name “Roundup Ready,” these seeds will resist the herbicide’s properties and continue growing after being sprayed with it. Monsanto made $4.8 billion from Roundup sales in 2015, and it has also become the largest supplier of seeds modified to be resistant to glyphosate.

Roundup is Scientifically Linked to Serious Side Effects

Scientists have been researching the potential side effects of weed killers for years, and they have discovered alarming complications linked specifically to glyphosate and Roundup.

Roundup Side Effects and Injuries

Glyphosate exposure can lead to development of a kind of cancer called Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, or one of its subtypes of cancer called lymphocytic lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, B-cell lymphoma, and hairy cell leukemia.

Can Roundup Cause Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma?

Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is a type of cancer that starts in white blood cells called lymphocytes, which are part of the body’s immune system. There are two main types of lymphocytes that help power the body’s ability to fight infections:

  • B cells (B lymphocytes) – Protect the body against infections and viruses by producing antibodies. The antibodies recognize and attach to bacterial and viral cells, flagging them for attack by the immune system.
  • T cells (T lymphocytes) – Destroy infectious or viral cells or other abnormal cells in the body. T cells also assist other parts of the immune system in keeping the body healthy.

Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma can originate with either of these lymphocytes, but B cell lymphoma is the most common. Because lymph tissue can be found all over the body, cancer of the lymph system can begin in various places, including the lymph nodes, spleen, bone marrow, tonsils, and digestive tract. Regardless of where it begins, this cancer always has the propensity to spread to other areas of the body. Some lymphomas can grow slowly, but some are extremely aggressive.

Signs and Symptoms of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Signs and symptoms of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma are often difficult to pinpoint because they mimic an oncoming cold or flu or simply generalized side effects of stress and everyday life. These symptoms can include:

  • Swollen (but usually painless) lymph nodes, often at the sides of the neck
  • Sweating and chills
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Persistent cough or shortness of breath
  • Fever
  • Swollen abdomen
  • Chest pain or pressure in the chest
  • Bruising easily

People Most at Risk For Prolonged Exposure to Roundup or Glyphosate

People who are exposed to Roundup, especially people who frequently use the product in large quantities — like farmers, park workers, commercial garden or nursery workers, landscapers, and golf course workers — are at risk of developing Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma or a subtype of this cancer. Repeated exposure to the herbicide can cause abnormal cells to develop and divide uncontrollably in the lymphatic system.

Studies Involving Glyphosate and Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

In July 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) conducted a health assessment on glyphosate and concluded that it was a Group 2A agent, which means it is a probable carcinogen (a substance capable of causing cancer). This conclusion followed extensive analysis of years of peer-reviewed research suggesting glyphosate carried harmful side effects.

On the heels of this conclusion, California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment announced that it would be adding glyphosate to its state list of known cancer-causing agents. Monsanto actually sued the agency to prevent the publication, but it lost in the trial court. Monsanto is appealing the decision, but the agency has already added glyphosate to its list of known carcinogens.

What Did Monsanto Know?

In most product cases, liability will come down to what a manufacturer knew about the dangers of its product and when it found out about those dangers.

In March 2017, a California judge unsealed internal Monsanto documents that suggested Monsanto had ghostwritten “academic” research it continually used to purport Roundup’s safety. The documents also suggested that Monsanto worked in concert with an official at the Environmental Protection Agency to quash a glyphosate review that was to be conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Months before the IARC conclusion about glyphosate, an official with the EPA divulged the pending carcinogen classification to Monsanto. This allowed the manufacturer to immediately organize a mass public relations onslaught to diminish and counter the findings so as to ease the financial blow it might have otherwise caused. The same official then worked to prevent the Department of Health and Human Services from conducting its own review of the herbicide.

In addition to these documents, we believe Monsanto has known about the cancer-causing potential of Roundup for nearly 30 years and has done everything it can to keep that information from coming to light. Even after IARC’s conclusion and the state of California’s action, Monsanto insists glyphosate is perfectly safe to use. Its lobbyists have even gone as far as saying in interviews that you could drink a quart of Roundup, and it wouldn’t hurt you.

The attorneys at Parker Waichman find this absolutely abhorrent and are fighting to protect future users of this chemical and to bring justice to the users already affected by devastating cancer diagnoses. If you used Roundup and have been diagnosed with cancer, contact our firm today.

Roundup Claims Statute of Limitations

A statute of limitations is a state-imposed time limit on filing a lawsuit. If you do not file a claim for injuries within the appropriate amount of time and in the appropriate court, your claim can be forever barred, regardless of its merits. States create statutes of limitations to encourage swift action, which has the effect of preserving evidence. For instance, your memory about something will be much more vivid one year later versus five years later. In addition, if someone files a claim sooner, it is more likely medical records and business documents will be available and retrievable. States also have an interest in making sure potential defendants do not have to prepare indefinitely for litigation.

Discovery Rules and Roundup Lawsuits

These are conservative interpretations in some regards because of state “discovery rules.” Discovery rules allow plaintiffs a little more time to file a lawsuit by pausing the running of the clock until they discover — or have reason to discover — that they have been injured. Some states even leave plaintiffs room to file lawsuits until after they discover why or by whom they have been injured.

Determining the Statute of Limitations on Your Roundup Lawsuit

The only way to definitively determine the statute of limitations on your Roundup claim is to work with an experienced lawyer, like the lawyers at Parker Waichman. When we sign up a case, we immediately go to work calculating the appropriate statute of limitations and preserving all relevant evidence to make sure we can timely prepare the best possible case. If you think you have a potential Roundup claim, contact our firm today.

The Roundup Lawsuit Process

We realize hiring a lawyer can seem daunting, but our professional legal team works hard to make the process as smooth as possible for our clients. We are experienced product liability lawyers who have decades in the business, going up against the biggest corporations to make them pay for their wrongdoings.

The process of seeking justice for your Roundup injuries starts with one simple phone call to our firm. During that call, you will be able to speak with an attorney who can explain the services we provide and help you understand your options regarding your potential claim. Thereafter, when you sign up your case with Parker Waichman, your dedicated lawyer will immediately start investigating your case to determine whether you can file a lawsuit. The basic case process from intake to filing will include all of the following:

  • Taking down a detailed account of your history with Roundup, including how and when you used the chemical;
  • Identifying and obtaining any records or documents we can that show you bought and used Roundup (something we usually call establishing “proof of use”);
  • Ordering records documenting your cancer diagnosis and the treatment you received thereafter;
  • Identifying the governing statute of limitations for your claim (the state-determined time during which you must file your lawsuit);
  • Garnering support for your claim from medical and industry experts;
  • Deciding where your case should be filed (whether in Multidistrict Litigation or elsewhere);
  • Drafting and petition and filing the petition in court.

When you work with Parker Waichman, you can rest easier knowing your claim is being managed by top professionals who value their clients. We pride ourselves on maintaining excellent client communication and strive to always keep our clients informed and comfortable with the progress of their cases. At our law firm, you are a person, not a case number, and we want to make sure you always understand that.

Frequently Asked Questions About Roundup Cases

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When clients contact us about their potential Roundup claims, they usually have a lot of questions about the product and the current litigation. We have compiled a list of the questions we hear most often, along with our answers to those questions, which you will find below.

Who Manufactures Roundup?

Monsanto, who is a multinational agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri manufactures the product called Roundup.

How Does Roundup Work?

Roundup is an herbicide applied to plants and grasses to control weeds. Monsanto discovered Roundup’s active ingredient, glyphosate, in 1970 put it into weed killer for sale in 1974. Glyphosate is the most popular weed killer in the country, and Monsanto had the exclusive right to sell it until 2000.

People use glyphosate in their home gardens and on their yards, and it is also widely used commercially on crops, nurseries, parks, and golf courses. It is estimated that people spray about 250 million pounds of glyphosate each year. It is a non-selective herbicide, which means it will kill most plants on which it is sprayed by preventing them from making certain proteins necessary for growth.

Monsanto also developed special seeds that are genetically modified to withstand Roundup because of Roundup’s propensity to kill more than just weeds. Marketed under the name “Roundup Ready,” these seeds will resist the herbicide’s properties and continue growing after being sprayed with it. Monsanto has become the largest supplier of seeds modified to be resistant to glyphosate, focusing mostly on soy, corn, and cotton seeds.

What Injuries Can Roundup Cause?

Glyphosate exposure can lead to development of a kind of cancer called Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, or one of its subtypes of cancer called lymphocytic lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, B-cell lymphoma, and hairy cell leukemia.

Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is a type of cancer that starts in white blood cells called lymphocytes, which are part of the body’s immune system. There are two main types of lymphocytes that help power the body’s ability to fight infections:

  • B cells (B lymphocytes) – Protect the body against infections and viruses by producing antibodies. The antibodies recognize and attach to bacterial and viral cells, flagging them for attack by the immune system.
  • T cells (T lymphocytes) – Destroy infectious or viral cells or other abnormal cells in the body. T cells also assist other parts of the immune system in keeping the body healthy.

Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma can originate with either of these lymphocytes, but B cell lymphoma is the most common in the United States. Because lymph tissue can be found all over the body, cancer of the lymph system can begin in various places, including the lymph nodes, spleen, bone marrow, tonsils, and digestive tract. Regardless of where it begins, this cancer always has the propensity to spread to other areas of the body. Some lymphomas can grow slowly, but some are extremely aggressive.

Signs and Symptoms of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Signs and symptoms of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma are often difficult to pinpoint because they mimic an oncoming cold or flu or simply generalized side effects of stress and everyday life. These symptoms can include:

  • Swollen (but usually painless) lymph nodes, often at the sides of the neck
  • Sweating and chills
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Persistent cough or shortness of breath
  • Fever
  • Swollen abdomen
  • Chest pain or pressure in the chest
  • Bruising easily

If a doctor picks up on the signs as suggestive of lymphoma, the doctor will order imaging, needle biopsies, or surgery to definitively determine whether the patient has cancer. Patients with positive cancer tests will then have to undergo extensive treatment, which can include radiation, chemotherapy, and surgery to address the cancer. Prognoses in patients with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma will depend on how early the cancer was detected and how aggressive a cancer it appears to be. Many patients will not survive.

Who Is at Risk?

People who are exposed to Roundup through direct spraying, spilling or inhalation, especially people who frequently use the product in large quantities — like farmers, park workers, commercial garden or nursery workers, landscapers, and golf course workers — are at risk of developing Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma or a subtype of this cancer. Repeated exposure to the herbicide can cause abnormal cells to develop and divide uncontrollably in the lymphatic system.

Where Are Roundup Lawsuits Being Filed?

Because so many Roundup cases have been filed, they are centralized in one court in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in what is called a Multidistrict Litigation (MDL). The MDL court oversees all the cases to ensure uniformity of decision in pretrial matters. This court also presides over the first trials, called “bellwether” trials.

The cases are now currently pending in front of U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria. Live expert witness testimony will begin in the MDL on December 11, 2017, and summary judgment argument will be heard December 15, 2017. Before these events take place, plaintiffs’ counsel and defense counsel will have conducted extensive discovery, including written interrogatories and depositions, and will have attended multiple hearings with the judge to sort through discovery matters and information related to the designated experts. The first bellwether trials will then sometimes jumpstart settlement negotiations but should not be taken as a sure sign of results either way.

What If I Don't Live Near Your Office? Can You Still Take My Case?

One of the interesting and beneficial aspects of an MDL created for a particular set of cases is that it allows clients to file cases from all around the country. Generally speaking, for our office to pursue a claim for someone outside of the states where we are licensed, we would have to be admitted to practice law in that person’s home state. But in an MDL, that requirement is waived by an order of the court, and attorneys and clients from every state can file claims in the same court.

In addition, we work with some of the best product liability litigators in the nation, so we likely have access to members of the bar in your state, too. Even if you live thousands of miles from us, we can still take your case and would be happy to speak with you about your potential claims.

How Can a Personal Injury Lawyer Help Me?

The attorneys at Parker Waichman are committed to helping you receive just compensation for your Roundup injuries. When you file a claim for damages against Monsanto, you can seek recovery for all of the ways you have been harmed by its product. This includes claims for the following types of compensation:

  • Lost wages, if you missed work or cannot currently work because of your cancer
  • Lost future wages, if you will not be able to return to work
  • Past medical bills for your cancer treatment
  • Future medical bills, if you will need additional cancer treatments
  • Compensation for the physical and mental pain and suffering you have incurred and will incur as a result of your Roundup injuries
  • Loss of consortium damages for the ways in which your injuries have affected your marriage, including loss of love, society, companionship, affection and support
  • Punitive damages, where the circumstances of the litigation show an award that carries the effect of punishment for the manufacturers would be appropriate

When you hire our firm, we will help you calculate the full extent of your economic and noneconomic damages to maximize the amount you and your family receive. We know you need a timely, adequate result, and we will work tirelessly to ensure that happens.

When you’re trying to hire a lawyer for a product liability lawsuit, it’s not always easy to know where to begin. At Parker Waichman LLP, we make the process simple. All you need to do is call our office, and you’ll be on your way to investigating your claim. Right when you call, you’ll be able to schedule a consultation with one of our skilled product liability attorneys, who will listen to your story and present you with possibilities to hold the manufacturer accountable.

We understand that because of your Roundup use and subsequent lymphoma, you are likely already struggling under the weight of costly medical bills. Expenses are piling up, and you cannot afford anything else or bear to deal with any additional worry. Product liability litigation, especially against a giant corporation like Monsanto, is undoubtedly expensive, and it involves great financial risk. But not for you.

You have enough to worry about at home, so let us take this on for you. We offer confidential consultations at absolutely no cost, and we contract our Roundup cases on a contingency-fee basis. That means we take on all the financial ourselves. We will advance the costs of litigating your claim, and if you don’t get paid, neither do we. We believe in ensuring accessibility of justice to everyone, and we are committed to standing up for victims’ rights. Contact our firm today to find out how we can help you and your family during this trying time.

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At Parker Waichman LLP, we are dedicated to client advocacy and will fight for fair compensation for your injuries. If you or a loved one used Roundup and received a diagnosis of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma or related cancer, contact our law firm today for your free consultation by filling out our online form or by calling 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).

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