Though pharmaceutical giant Bayer is moving forward, hammering down the details of a $10 billion Roundup cancer settlement, individual victims of the carcinogenic weed killer are still stepping forward to seek their own individual justice.
Among the most recent of these Roundup cancer lawsuits in the United States was filed by Washington state golf pro Gary Lindeblad. Lindeblad filed a personal injury lawsuit against Monsanto on August 3rd, accusing the company of being responsible for the non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma he was diagnosed with in 1999.
Roundup Cancer is Blamed on Active Ingredient
The active ingredient in the popular weedkiller is glyphosate, and it is what victims blame for causing their Roundup cancer. In Lindeblad’s case, he spent years working as a groundskeeper at a Spokane-area golf clubs and country clubs, and his responsibilities included spraying the chemical onto the grass to keep weeds away.
According to his claim, had the company warned of the cancer risk presented by using their product, his Roundup cancer could have been avoided. He is seeking a jury trial and plans to ask for a finding of negligence and wrongful conduct, and compensation for “pain, suffering, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, and other non-economic damages.”
Though the question of Roundup cancer is very much in the current-day news, the question of its safety is not new. In fact, questions began to be raised as early as 1991 about the formulation of the products, and the company first faced litigation about making false and misleading claims about its safety as long ago as 1996, in a claim brought by the attorney general of New York state. The state’s victory in that case only led to the removal of misleading statements about the product in New York, leaving residents and consumers in the rest of the country vulnerable.