UPDATE: August 10, 2018 – A state court jury in California just returned a verdict in a case against Monsanto and their herbicide “Roundup,” awarding the plaintiff DeWayne Johnson, a school groundskeeper, $288 million in compensatory and punitive damages.
Gardeners, farmers and others who have used Monsanto Roundup to kill weeds should be aware of a lawsuit that is claiming that Monsanto, manufacturer of insecticides and herbicides, failed to warn users of Roundup of the increased chance they will develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma or other forms of cancer.
The Roundup lawsuit asserts that Monsanto has known for more than 30 years that the use of Roundup can cause cancers. However, the company decided not to inform the public and continued to claim that the product was safe and non-toxic to humans, pets, and other animals.
Records used to prosecute the Monsanto class action lawsuit shows that the company created fake data and attacked legitimate studies that warned of the dangers of the product. The Roundup lawsuit also claims that the company promoted a campaign with the purpose of misleading government agencies, farmers, and individuals who use the product that it was safe.
The Monsanto class action suit is litigation in which a few individuals battle for the interest of many individuals who may not have a lawyer and who are not named in the suit. The decision of the court affects all persons who are considered a part of the class action.