One recent Roundup lawsuit was filed by a 73 year-old man from Florida who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2012, as well as bladder cancer and gastrointestinal tumor in 2016.
He used Roundup to control poison ivy on his property from April to November, spraying 2-4 times per month, every year from 1986 until 2014. Due to the lack of safety warnings, he wore no protective gear, gloves, or face mask. He also sprayed it directly overhead to control ivy in trees.
The lawsuit was filed on December 7 in the Northern District of Florida — In Re: James Mitchell v. Monsanto — Case No. 4:16-cv-00758.
Another lawsuit was filed by a man from Nebraska who was diagnosed with Large B-Cell lymphoma, the most common high-grade (fast-growing) type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, after routinely using Roundup since 1995.
The lawsuit was filed on November 23 in Delaware Superior Court — In Re: Daniel Kowal v. Monsanto — Case No. N16C-11-222 VLM.
Nearly 50 Roundup lymphoma lawsuits are currently centralized in Multi-District Litigation (MDL No. 2741) under U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria in the Northern District of California for coordinated pre-trial proceedings.
Judge Chhabria split the MDL into two phases. The first phase will address the question of whether Roundup causes cancer. If so, the second phase will involve jury trials, unless lawyers reach a settlement or other resolution.
Monsanto insists that Roundup is “safer than table salt” and does not cause cancer, but not everyone agrees. Roundup was classified as a “probable human carcinogen” last year by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).
Their conclusions were based on three studies that found higher rates of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in farm-workers in the U.S., Canada, and Sweden. The U.S. study found a 60% increased risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma among 3,400 white male farmers in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, or Minnesota who used Roundup.
Source: Huffington Post