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Round Up Weed
Roundup, one of the most common and widely used weed killer, contains Glyphosate as one of its main ingredients. Glyphosate is a systemic and broad spectrum herbicide which was patented by a U.S. company, Monsanto, in 1970. The chemical name of glyphosate is N-(phosphonomethyl) glycine and it blocks an enzyme in the plant which is needed for preparing amino acids and proteins, thus, killing the plants within a few days.
After the patent for Monsanto expired in the U.S. in 2000 and outside U.S. in 1991, many other manufacturers started marketing their own glyphosate products leading to a substantial increase in the sales and usage globally.
Since 2013, there was an awareness created about Roundup that it may be connected to some serious medical conditions. This was confirmed in March 2015, when World Health Organization (WHO) announced that there was a probable link between glyphosate and Non-Hodgkin lymphoma and other forms of cancer. It is believed that the manufacturer knew about this linkage and covered its tracks unofficially.
Following this, many litigations were filed against Roundup by farmers who were the most affected and other individuals who developed serious conditions because of this herbicide.
Serious Alleged Injuries include:
- Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
- Multiple myeloma
- Other Cancers or Illnesses
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, (EPA), reviewed glyphosate as non-carcinogenic in 1993. Later, in 2016, it initiated another review to check glyphosate's toxicity and arrived at the same conclusion.
Contradictory to this, in March 2016, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) published a report classifying glyphosate as "probably carcinogenic in humans" (category 2A).
California Environmental Protection Agency has added Glyphosate to its Proposition 65 list of carcinogenic chemicals.
Multi-District Litigation (MDL No. 2741) has been set to study the cases filed against Roundup and is led by U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria in the Northern District of California.
On February 27, 2017, the requests to seal the research documents in March 2017 made by Monsanto was denied by Judge Vince Chhabria.
One of the key hearings is set for October 2017, when the time expert witness testimonies will be presented to the judge and then trial dates will likely begin in early 2018.
Evidence to be looked for in potential cases:
- Extent of exposure to Roundup herbicide, such as farm laborer/gardener.
- Details for Roundup herbicide usage, duration and type of contact.
- Health complications/injuries in medical records
- Severity and Treatment for complications/injuries in medical records
- Linkage of complications/injuries and Roundup usage
Medical Record Review and claim Validation of Roundup herbicide should approximately take 3 hours in most instances; however, this approximation may vary in cases based on the volume of records.