The lawsuit was filed by William Prince, a man from North Carolina who sprayed Roundup from 1976 through 1990 in farming operations and agricultural fields near Columbus County.

He sprayed Roundup for approximately 90 days a year for 22 years, following all safety and precautionary warnings. He was subsequently diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Lawyers say Monsanto has known of studies linking Roundup and lymphoma since the early- to mid-1980s, yet advertised it in the 1990s as “safer than table salt” and “practically non-toxic.”

Concerns about the link between Roundup and lymphoma have grown significantly since mid-2015, when the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) re-classified glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, as a “probable human carcinogen.”

The IARC’s conclusions were based on studies in the United States, Canada, and Sweden that found higher rates of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma among farm-workers who sprayed Roundup.

According to the complaint:

Scientific evidence has established a clear association between glyphosate and genotoxicity, inflammation, and an increased risk of many cancers, including, but not limited to, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and soft tissue sarcoma.”

The lawsuit was filed on May 26, 2017 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina (Southern Division) — In Re: William M. Prince v. Monsanto CompanyCase No. 7:17-cv-00111.

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  1. I can’t believe he sprayed Roundup near or around his crops. It kills everything and the run off after it rains, kills in its path. I sprayed roundup for weeds on the north side of my house. It later rained, the run off killed the bushes on the west side where the water ran from the north side of the house.

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