The long journey of litigation regarding Bayer’s RoundUp being a human carcinogen took a new twist recently when a U.S. federal appeals court blocked California from requiring RoundUp to label its weed killer with a cancer warning.
This ruling does not affect the larger litigation involving RoundUp causing a type of blood cancer. In 2018, A San Francisco court awarded a $289 million dollar verdict (later reduced to $20.5 million) to the plaintiff, a school groundskeeper. After a series of trials, juries have ordered the company to pay billions.
If you or a loved one believe your cancer was caused by RoundUp, you need to contact the qualified mass torts attorneys at the Law Offices of Howard Craig Kornberg in Los Angeles. These types of cases can seem overwhelming, but we are here to guide you through this tough process.
The story behind the lawsuits
RoundUp is a glyphosate-based product, and the battle hinges on whether or not glyphosate is a carcinogen. Currently, Bayer is appealing all the verdicts that did not go their way. Representatives insist glyphosate does not cause cancer and is safe for people to use.
The Monsanto Company, an American agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation, patented RoundUp in 1970. The weed killer has been one of the most successful, selling in more than 160 countries. Bayer acquired RoundUp from Monsanto in 2016 for $63 billion.
In 2015, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer determined the herbicide to be a “probable carcinogen.” Bayer, like Monsanto before them, claims that their glyphosate is safe, and some regulatory agencies have agreed. Plaintiffs allege Bayer manipulated the scientific results of the studies to favor their case.
California proposed a required label of glyphosate products which reads “known to the state of California to cause cancer.”
Bayer joined with more than a dozen agricultural groups to sue California in 2017, claiming the warning label could disrupt the U.S. food production supply chain, leaving farmers no longer able to use glyphosate.
In last year’s ruling by U.S. District Judge William Shubb barred the warning, stating California’s cancer warning was misleading and not supported by regulatory findings.
This may seem like a clear win for Bayer and RoundUp, but there have been more than 125,000 lawsuits and appeals litigated or currently being litigated across the country. Representatives of Bayer have said they still expect to spend $9.6 billion in settlements to resolve all of the existing lawsuits concerning the contentious weedkiller.
How will the story end?
The battle of RoundUp still rages on, and the Los Angeles personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Howard Craig Kornberg have done the research behind this product. We know how to fight for our clients. If you or a loved one was diagnosed with cancer, and you think you need a RoundUp Lawsuit attorney, we are here to help.