Number of Plaintiffs in Roundup Cases Skyrockets

Chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturer Bayer is facing tens of thousands of lawsuits claiming its Roundup herbicides cause cancer.

The number of plaintiffs filing lawsuits against the company’s agricultural chemicals unit, Monsanto, have increased from 18,400 in July to 42,700. Among them is an Australian farmer who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) last year after having used Roundup on his property since 1976. In 2018, a jury awarded $289 million to a school groundskeeper in California who claimed that regular exposure to the weed killer caused him to develop NHL, and, in the past three months, three juries have reached a similar conclusion in separate trials.

Bayer also manufactures rivaroxaban, a blood thinner, and invented aspirin. The company maintains that Roundup and its active ingredient, glyphosate, are safe.

Source: Reuters, October 10, 2019; The Wall Street Journal, October 30, 2019.