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Roundup Cases & Settlements as of November 2022

Discovery of the Cancer Causing Ingredient

In 2015, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer classified glyphosate as a “probable human carcinogen.” This classification was based on studies that found that exposure to glyphosate increased the risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and other cancers.

Since the WHO’s announcement, thousands of people in the United States who were diagnosed with cancer after using Roundup have filed lawsuits against Monsanto, the manufacturer of Roundup. These lawsuits allege that Monsanto knew or should have known that glyphosate was dangerous and failed to warn consumers.

The Cancer Inducing Reagent Called Glyphosate

The active ingredient in Roundup that has been linked to cancer is glyphosate. Glyphosate is a herbicide that is used to kill weeds. It works by inhibiting an enzyme that plants need to grow.

There has been a great deal of medical research performed on the link between glyphosate and cancer. A number of studies have found that exposure to glyphosate increases the risk of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of blood cancer. Other studies have also found links between glyphosate and other types of cancer, including breast cancer, bladder cancer, and pancreatic cancer.

Despite the fact that there is a large body of evidence linking glyphosate to cancer, Monsanto has continued to claim that Roundup is safe. However, this claim has been challenged in court and a number of juries have found Monsanto liable for cancer caused by Roundup.

Many Cases and Settlements Reached

As of October 2022, Monsanto has reached settlement agreements in nearly 100,000 Roundup lawsuits. Monsanto paid approximately $11 billion. Bayer has accomplished this by negotiating block settlement arrangements with plaintiffs’ lawyers who have large numbers of cases in the litigation. As of November 12, 2022, there are still around 30,000 active Roundup lawsuits pending in the United States. This is despite that Monsanto has reached such a significant number of settlements.

Although these settlements account for nearly 80% of all pending Roundup claims, there are still about 26,000-30,000 active Roundup lawsuits. Most lawsuits have been filed in state court. But there are still over 4,000 claims in the MDL Roundup class action lawsuit pending in California. New Roundup lawsuits continue to get filed regularly.

New Roundup lawsuits in fact continue to be filed on a regular basis. This is likely due to the fact that Roundup is a widely used product and the potential health hazards associated with its use are not well known. As more people become aware of the potential risks of using Roundup, it is likely that the number of lawsuits will continue to increase.

Roundup has sought to turn the tide with a string of five trial wins by its German maker, Bayer AG. The wins are likely due to the company’s strong defense and what has been alleged as a lack of sufficient evidence linking Roundup to cancer. In each of the trials, Bayer has presented experts who have testified that Roundup is safe and does not cause cancer. Additionally, many feel the plaintiffs in these cases case have failed to present concrete evidence linking Roundup to their cancer.

It should be noted, however, that Bayer is facing nearly 100,000 lawsuits over allegations that Roundup causes cancer. While the company has already reached settlement agreements in about 80% of the cases, given the large number of active lawsuits, it is possible that Bayer will eventually be forced to negotiate a more comprehensive settlement that would cover all of the pending lawsuits. Accordingly, the current status of Roundup lawsuits is fluid and it is difficult to say what the final outcome will be.

Take-Aways

By way of summary, Roundup lawsuits are pending in the United States, with approximately 30,000 cases outstanding as of November 12, 2022. The majority of these cases have been settled by Monsanto, the company responsible for Roundup, but new cases continue to be filed regularly. The final outcome of the lawsuits is difficult to predict given recent defendant jury verdicts, but it is possible that Bayer, the current owner of Monsanto, will be forced to negotiate a more comprehensive settlement.

We recommend that individuals experiencing illness or cancer by use of Roundup complete our settlement form, and we can connect you with a leading, experienced attorney as soon as possible to discuss legal options.