A former California farm worker has filed a federal lawsuit against Monsanto alleging that the company’s Roundup weed killer caused her to develop bone cancer after years of exposure to the herbicide.
Free Roundup Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was diagnosed with any form of non-Hodgkins lymphoma (NHL) after using or being exposed to Roundup, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against Monsanto and our lawyers can help.
What’s the Problem?
September 24, 2015 – According to the lawsuit, plaintiff Enrique Rubio sprayed Roundup on crops in California, Oregon and Texas from 1986 to 1995, and was subsequently diagnosed with bone cancer at 38-years-old.
Rubio claims that during her years as a field worker, she drove a tractor and used a hand pump to spray vegetables with the weed killer with nothing more than a paper mask to protect her from the chemicals.
The complaint alleges that Monsanto’s “prolonged campaign of misinformation” about the safety of Roundup amounted to willful negligence, and that there was no way Rubio could have known about the health risks of the herbicide. To support this claim, the lawsuit notes that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found that 2 laboratories hired by Monsanto to purportedly test the toxicity of Roundup chemicals for federal registration falsified test results; however, the company was allowed to sell the weedkiller in the U.S. and around the world.
Since the World Health Organization (WHO) released a study earlier this year designating glyphosate — the active ingredient in Roundup — as “probably carcinogenic to humans,” the lawsuit contends that Monsanto can no longer deny the herbicide’s health effects.
As a result of the study’s findings, the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) earlier this month officially classified glyphosate as a known carcinogen under the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986.
Rubio’s lawsuit alleges that Monsanto has known for years about Roundup’s toxicity to humans and the environment, but continues to claim that the weed killer poses no unreasonable risk. The complaint accuses Monsanto of:
- Strict liability over a known design defect that could have been made less harmful;
- Failure to warn of the dangers of Roundup;
- Willful negligence, and
- Breach of implied warranty.
As a result of these alleged misdeeds, Rubio “has suffered and continues to suffer grave injuries” including economic hardship and medical expenses that will continue indefinitely. Since being diagnosed with bone cancer in 1995, Rubio has become disabled and is no longer able to work, according to the lawsuit. She is seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages, as well as payment of legal expenses.
Do I Have a Roundup 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 Roundup Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cancer and birth defect cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you developed any form of non-Hodgkins lymphoma (NHL) after using or being exposed to Roundup, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.