John Holm, a Colorado resident, has filed a lawsuit against Monsanto over the health risks linked to the popular weed killer Roundup. The complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court of Colorado, alleges that the Plaintiff developed diffuse non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma from Roundup use over a period of nearly 40 years, starting in 1979. The lawsuit further alleges that Monsanto failed to provide proper warnings and directions about the dangers associated with Roundup use.
The Plaintiff maintains that he was unaware of the link between Roundup and lymphoma until last year, when the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) determined that glyphosate contained in Roundup is likely a cancer-causing agent. In particular, the IARC report linked the side effects of Roundup to an increased risk of non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
This recently filed case joins a growing number of Roundup lawsuits filed against Monsanto by farmers, landscapers, agricultural workers and others exposed to the weed killer throughout the United States. Many of these Plaintiffs allege that Monsanto’s reckless promotion of Roundup without disclosing the potential health risks or providing sufficient safety instructions to minimize exposure caused their injuries.
Plaintiff Holm’s lawsuit will be consolidated with all other Roundup cases pending in the federal court system, which are centralized before U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria in the Northern District of California, for coordinated discovery and pretrial proceedings. A number of state-court cases are also preceding outside of the federal multidistrict litigation (MDL).
John Tomlinson, a lawyer in our Toxic Torts Section, has filed a number of Roundup cases in both state and federal courts. He is currently investigating other Roundup exposure cases. If you need more information on this subject, contact John at 800-898-2034 or by email at John.Tomlinson@beasleyallen.com.
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