The Environmental Protection Agency scrutinizes chemicals before approving their use for the public, but when the manufacturer deliberately provides falsified data or hides the known hazards as a California jury recently decided, the results for the public are tragic, and the judgment against the manufacturer is costly. DeWayne Johnson is the first of hundreds of litigants nationwide to be heard in court for their claims against Monsanto, the manufacturer of RoundUp, and is currently dying from his Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL). Years of exposure to RoundUp were found to be a significant contributing factor. The cost to uninformed consumers significantly exposed to RoundUp has been the development of cancers including NHL and Multiple Myeloma (a bone cancer). This verdict has paved the way for what promises to be years of contentious litigation for Monsanto and potentially extreme costs for their product.
The very recently awarded verdict was based on Monsanto’s proprietary formulation of Roundup and focused on a combination of ingredients potentiating the carcinogenicity of glyphosate, the active ingredient. Studies on glyphosate have reached differing conclusions on carcinogenicity to humans, and in 2015 the World Health Organization’s International Agency on Research for Cancer found glyphosate to be “probably carcinogenic to humans.”
California attorney Tim Litzenberg represented Mr. Johnson and explained that “[g]lyphosate isn’t the big problem — Roundup is. He said the interaction between glyphosate and other ingredients in Roundup cause a “synergistic effect” that makes the product more carcinogenic.
If you have questions regarding your RoundUp exposure, your Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, or Multiple Myeloma, please contact an attorney at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner by calling 713-231-9360 or 1-888-229-5094.
Benny Agosto, Jr. is a partner at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner in Houston, Texas. For over 68 years, Abraham Watkins has successfully represented injured people and families who fall victim to catastrophes. Our attorneys have the knowledge, experience and resources necessary to obtain just compensation their clients. If you or a loved one has been impacted by a negligent driver, please contact the office of Benny Agosto, Jr. at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner, by letter at 800 Commerce Street, Houston, Texas 77002, or by phone at (713) 222-7211.