St. Louis, Missouri – – The Los Angeles-based law firm of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman and co-counsel Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., filed three bundled complaints last week on behalf of 136 plaintiffs from across the country who allege exposure from Roundup weed killer caused them to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
RKF, Jr., and Baum Hedlund attorneys Michael L. Baum, R. Brent Wisner and Frances M. Phares filed the Monsanto Roundup cancer lawsuits in the 22nd Circuit Court, St. Louis City, Missouri. The complaints also include 94 cases filed by attorneys Nicholas Rockforte, Christopher L. Coffin and Jonathan E. Chatwin of Pendley Baudin & Coffin, with offices in Plaquemine and New Orleans, Louisiana. The cases are captioned:
- Salvaggio v. Monsanto Co. et al., case no 1722-CC00796
- Bates v. Monsanto Co. et al., case no 1722-CC00796
- Feranac v. Monsanto Co. et al., case no 1722-CC00799
The lawsuits seek compensatory and punitive damages for wrongful death and personal injuries against defendants Monsanto Co., Osborn & Barr Communications, Inc. and Osborn & Barr Holdings, Inc., all of which are based in St. Louis, Missouri.
The lawsuits contain six counts:
- Strict Liability – Design Defect (Against Monsanto)
- Strict Liability – Failure to Warn (Against Monsanto)
- Negligence (Against Monsanto)
- Fraud, Misrepresentation and Suppression (Against All Defendants)
- Violation of the Consumer Fraud Acts
- Survival and Wrongful Death
In 1970, Monsanto discovered the herbicidal properties of glyphosate and began marketing it in 1974 under the brand name Roundup®. Osborn & Barr Communications was responsible for marketing Roundup and related Monsanto products until approximately 2012.
The litigation against Monsanto began after the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) issued a report on glyphosate in 2015. The IARC report concluded that glyphosate is a Group 2A herbicide, which means that it is probably carcinogenic to humans.
According to the Monsanto Roundup cancer lawsuits, the IARC report was based, in part, on studies of exposures to glyphosate in several countries around the world, and it traces the health implications from exposure to glyphosate since 2001.
The IARC report concluded that the cancers most associated with glyphosate exposure are non-Hodgkin lymphoma and other hematopoietic cancers, including lymphocytic lymphoma/chronic lymphocytic leukemia, B-cell lymphoma and multiple myeloma. The report also found that glyphosate exposure caused DNA and chromosomal damage in human cells, as well as genotoxic, hormonal and enzymatic effects in mammals.
Per the lawsuits, Monsanto has proclaimed and continues to proclaim to the world that Roundup creates no risks to human health or to the environment, at one point going so far as to represent Roundup as being “safer than table salt” and “practically non-toxic.”
The lawsuits allege that Monsanto championed falsified data and attacked legitimate studies that revealed the dangers of Roundup in order to prove that Roundup was safe, while also leading a prolonged campaign of misinformation to convince government agencies, farmers, and the general population that Roundup wasn’t dangerous.