Roundup Litigation

The first internationally recognized study about Roundup linking Roundup to cancer was published in 2015 by the IARC. According to the study, the key ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate, was "probably carcinogenic."

The first cases filed in North America were more specific. The plaintiffs allege that they have scientific evidence linking Roundup to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Around the same time, the first cases alleging a link between Roundup and cancer were filed by plaintiff attorneys.

Breaking News: Plaintiffs Prove Monsanto's Roundup Causes Cancer

Plaintiff Ed Hardeman proved Roundup causes non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in Federal Court. The jury was presented with scientific evidence and the testimony a former Monsanto scientist who detailed company efforts to influence science by ghost-writing academic studies. The jury's verdict - which totaled over $80 million - found not only that Roundup causes cancer, but also saw that Monsanto never particularly cared whether or not their product caused cancer. The jury awarded $75 million in punitive damages on account of Monsanto's outrageous behavior.

Preliminary Victories & Future Cases

The litigation against Monsanto’s Roundup finally exploded onto the national scene on July 10, 2018, when Judge Chhabria, in the Federal District Courts of Northern, California, ruled that the plaintiffs had provided scientific evidence that could be presented at trial. The first cases under Judge Chhabria are likely to begin in 2019.

First to Take on Monsanto and Win

Roundup litigation reached the national spotlight again during the weeks long trial of Dewayne Johnson vs. Monsanto. On August 10, 2018, a California jury found Monsanto responsible for Mr. Johnson’s cancer, inciting a media frenzy and a public campaign by Bayer AG to convince anyone who would listen that their product did not cause non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, pointing to 800 studies purportedly proving Roundup is safe. However, the scientific and legal community have expressed concerns that some or all of these studies were ghostwritten by Monsanto prior to publishing. The Dewayne Johnson jury already evaluated those studies against the plaintiff’s studies and favored the plaintiffs.

What’s Next?

Additional cases regarding Roundup and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma are currently scheduled for trial in St. Louis, Missouri in early 2019. The next case up for trial is Ronald Peterson and Jeff Hall v. Monsanto, which will begin on February 5, 2019. Plaintiffs in Montana are currently seeking an expedited trial in the matter of Cazier v. Monsanto, which could also begin in early 2019.

Future Roundup Plaintiffs

The outcomes of these trials will greatly affect all individuals exposed to Roundup and who have developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL). 2019 will be an important year for Roundup litigation and could have an impact lasting several generations with respect to public health, corporate responsibility, and agricultural practices.