We reported last week about two separate lawsuits filed by individuals, claiming Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide caused their cancers. This week, a new suit has been filed on behalf of three plaintiffs with similar claims, while attorneys across the country are rounding up potential clients for class action lawsuits against the chemical giant. Surely, some attorneys are motivated by greed, tantalized by Monsanto’s deep pockets. Hopefully, the majority are focused on seeking justice for their clients, many of whom have suffered for decades with conditions they now believe were caused by extended exposure to Roundup’s main ingredient: glyphosate.
This Wednesday, a new lawsuit was filed in Delaware Superior Court by three law firms representing three plaintiffs, claiming Monsanto’s best-selling herbicide is harmful to humans. These suits follow the trend set by wo others, filed September 22, in New York and California which seek to hold Monsanto responsible for Roundup’s alleged link to the plaintiffs’ cancers.
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Months after the World Health Organization declared that glyphosate “probably” causes cancer, these lawsuits are likely to multiply, as lawyers seek to build class action suits. For now, the numbers are relatively small, but that could change. One Colorado-based law firm is holding town hall style meetings in various farm-heavy states, such as Kansas, Iowa, and Nebraska, in order to collect plaintiffs for a larger case. So far, 50 plaintiffs have signed on to that potential lawsuit.
Despite evaluations by the WHO and the Environmental Protection Agency, which has echoed the WHO sentiment, Monsanto continues to deny any link between glyphosate and cancer. “Glyphosate is not a carcinogen,” company spokeswoman Charla Lord told Reuters in an email. “The most extensive worldwide human health databases ever compiled on an agricultural product contradict the claims in the suits.”
The company isn’t likely to bend on that position, so apparently, it’ll be up to the courts to determine who is in the right.
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