At James Vernon & Weeks, P.A., we take pride in our mission to serve those injured by the acts of others. We have vast expertise in mass torts, multidistrict litigation, and personal injury cases. Currently, our firm represents many individuals whose rare cancers were caused by Monsanto’s Roundup.
What is Roundup?
Roundup is a non-selective post-emergence weed control herbicide first introduced in 1976 by Monsanto, a U.S. corporation headquartered in Missouri. Monsanto was recently acquired by German-based Bayer Corporation. The popular weed killer can be found on the shelves of nearly every hardware, lawn and garden store in the United States, as well as in the garages and tool sheds of millions of American families.
Roundup has been used by individuals and businesses for decades to kill weeds and invasive plants that threaten agricultural crops and suburban backyards. It’s primary ingredient is glyphosate, which works by inhibiting a specific enzyme mandatory for plant growth. Roundup is so popular and effective in weed control that many farmers grow genetically modified crops resistant to Roundup so the chemical can be used liberally in fields.
Several scientific studies have found evidence linking the product’s main ingredient, glyphosate, to serious side effects and certain types of rare cancer, including Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and Multiple Myeloma.
The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has also recently declared that Roundup’s glyphosate is likely a cancer-causing agent. The IARC report connected the effects of Roundup in the human body to an increased risk of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.