Shannon Law Group July 2019

312-578-9501 | JULY 2019


We filed our first lawsuit against Monsanto, a St. Louis based agrochemical company. Many of you have likely heard about Monsanto and its Roundup product as a result of recent jury trial verdicts in California. Monsanto has extensively produced and advertised the use of its glyphosate-based herbicide, Roundup, since its introduction in 1974. Over the years, Roundup became the most widely sprayed herbicide in the world. By design, Roundup is a non-selective herbicide that kills most of the plants sprayed. As Monsanto’s patent for Roundup was nearing its expiration, Monsanto developed genetically modified seeds (known as Roundup Ready seeds) that were resistant to the glyphosate herbicide. This made life easier for farmers because they could now spray the herbicide throughout the season without fear of destroying their crops. As a result, Monsanto sales for both Roundup and Roundup Ready seeds boomed. By 2005, 87% of all soybean fields in the United States were planted with Roundup Ready seeds. Simply put, Roundup and Roundup Ready crops were a golden goose for Monsanto. Despite the huge profits, there was trouble on the horizon for Monsanto. In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an agency of the World Health Organization, stated that glyphosate was “probably carcinogenic to humans.” In particular, the IARC concluded that the cancers most associated with glyphosate products are non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). In 2019, the first group of Roundup-related NHL cases has gone to jury trials across the county. Overwhelmingly, those jurors have found that Roundup can and did cause NHL in those plaintiffs. German-based Bayer, one of the largest pharmaceutical and chemical companies in the world, bought Monsanto in 2018. Since the Roundup verdicts, Bayer has continued Monsanto’s fight to discredit the science supporting

the connection between glyphosate products and NHL. If you’re interested in the topic or know someone you believe may have been affected by Roundup or other herbicidal products, do not hesitate to call us with any questions.

– Pat Cummings

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