The chemical both Rascal and Roundup share is glyphosate, a herbicide that was originally developed in the 1970s for small-scale use by gardners and homeowners, which later grew to become the world’s most widely used weed killer following Monsanto’s development of Genetically-Modified Organisms (GMOs).
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has developed any of the forms of non-Hodgkin lymphoma listed in this article after using Rascal weed killer or another glyphosate-containing herbicide, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.
What is Rascal Weed Killer?
Rascal® Plus Herbicide is a non-selective, broad-spectrum weed control intended for agricultural systems and farmsteads, according to the product’s labeling. The chemical’s main active ingredient is Glyphosate, N-(phosphonomethyl)glycine, in the form of isopropylamine salt.
What is Glyphosate?
Glyphosate is designed to be fatal to hundreds of types of plant life, yet virtually harmless to humans and other animals. However, recent studies have found some profound effects on animals in laboratory studies. The issue of glyphosate’s toxicity is a contentious one around the globe these days, after the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) concluded that the herbicide is “probably carcinogenic” in March 2015.
How Toxic is it?
Glyphosate is marketed as having no effect in animals because it is designed to specifically inhibit an enzymatic pathway unique to plants. However, over the past decade, regulatory agencies have been focusing on carcinogenicity and genotoxicity of glyphosate, according to Deborah Kurrasch, a neuroscientist at the University of Calgary. Evidence has begun to pour in suggesting that glyphosate may have other toxic effects. “There’s a lot of systems beside cancer” that can be affected, Kurrah said.
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What are Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)?
The term “genetically modified organism” is a vague concept which could ultimately describe any food that has been altered from its natural state, but is typically associated with Monsanto’s development of glyphosate-resistant crops. Commonly known as Roundup Ready Crops, Monsanto GMOs carry the gene coding for a glyphosate-insensitive form of the shikimate pathway, which allows them to tolerate even large doses of the herbicide and survive without being affected.
What Cancers is Your Firm Suing For?
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- Large Diffuse B-cell Lymphoma
- Follicular Lymphoma
- Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma
- Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma
- Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
- Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma
- Mantle cell lymphoma (MCL)
- Primary Central Nervous System (CNS) Lymphoma
What’s the Problem with GMOs?
According to the North American natural product industry-based Non-GMO Project, a large and growing body of scientific research indicates that GMOs:
- Can be toxic, allergenic or less nutritious than their natural counterparts
- Can disrupt the ecosystem
- Damage vulnerable wild plant and animal populations
- Harm biodiversity
- Increase chemical inputs over the long term by encouraging insect resistance and the creation of new, more toxic, pesticide products
- Deliver yields that are no better, and often worse, than conventional crops
- Cause or exacerbate a range of social and economic problems
Roundup Cancer Symptoms
Signs and symptoms of non-Hodgkin lymphoma include:
- Painless, swollen lymph nodes in your neck, armpits or groin
- Abdominal pain or swelling
- Chest pain, coughing or trouble breathing
- Persistent fatigue
- Night sweats
- Unexplained weight loss
How Can Filing a Lawsuit Help Me?
By filing a lawsuit against the maker of Rascal herbicide, you may be entitled to collect compensation for all current and future medical expenses related to the treatment of your injury, as well as for damages for pain and suffering. Additionally, filing a lawsuit can help hold the weed killer’s manufacturer accountable for releasing an allegedly defective product into the marketplace, and to discourage other companies from engaging in similar conduct.
Do I Have a Rascal Herbicide Lawsuit?
The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Rascal weed killer lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new lymphoma cases in all 50 states.
Free Drug Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you were diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and believe that Rascal herbicide may have contributed to your development of the disease, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.