QUEBEC CITY, Canada — A Canadian dairy farmer filed a lawsuit against Bayer claiming $10 million in damages as compensation for cancer she developed from being exposed to Roundup weed killer. The farmer alleges that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, is a carcinogen and that extensive exposure to the chemical caused her to develop non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. In addition to this lawsuit, another man filed a class action case in Canada as well as alleging that using Roundup also caused him to fall ill with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Twelve additional plaintiffs joined that man’s claim as well according to Ohio’s Country Journal. Bayer recently lost three lawsuits in the United States to plaintiffs who advanced claims identical to those filed in Canadian courts.
On May 24, 2019, a dairy farmer filed a claim in Quebec courts for damages alleging that she developed cancer in 2005. Specifically, the pleadings allege that the plaintiff received a diagnosis of stage-four lymphocytic leukemia. Lymphocytic leukemia is a form of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The dairy farmer, in this legal challenge, in contrast to the three successful lawsuits plaintiffs, won in the U.S., did not use any products containing glyphosate. Instead, the female plaintiff alleges that she was exposed to glyphosate and that exposure caused her cancer because she lived and worked on the dairy farm that used a glyphosate-based weed killer manufactured by Bayer subsidiary Monsanto. The plaintiff said she inhaled glyphosate and handled products treated with glyphosate, even if she did not spread the weed killer personally.
A farmer filed the class action lawsuit against Bayer in Saskatchewan after he fell ill with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The plaintiff claimed that he came in contact with the weed killer while spraying fields. The other 12 plaintiffs made the same allegation.
Both lawsuits allege that Bayer Canada, through their subsidiary Monsanto, concealed vital safety information from the public and manufactured misleading studies designed to convince the public and governing bodies of the safety of glyphosate. The Canadian Health Agency announced recently that they found no connection between glyphosate and cancer.
Both lawsuits are still pending in their respective courts.
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