Roundup Time For The Roundup Cases: Glyphosate Suits Over Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma To Be United Under One Case
With 21 lawsuits currently pending in cases where plaintiffs claim that exposure to glyphosate caused their non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a motion was filed with the U.S. Judicial Panel to unite the cases to be heard in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Illinois.
The move makes sense according to legal experts, as the cases all involve the exact same active ingredient and the exact same disease.
Attorneys for the plaintiffs, personal injury lawyers Aimee H. Wagstaff and David J. Wool of the Colorado law firm Andrus Wagstaff, P.C. say they want the cases to be heard in Illinois for a number of reasons.
One, Illinois is home to three of the plaintiffs; two, the state is the largest producer of soybeans, which in 2014 alone were sprayed with some 122 million pounds of glyphosate, more than any other crop.
A third selling point on getting the case heard there is that Monsanto’s headquarters in St. Louis is a mere 20 miles away.
“Accordingly, Illinois’ factual nexus and interest in the outcome of this litigation is extremely strong,” read the motion. “Each Roundup Case requires extensive discovery concerning the safety, development and marketing of Roundup, which has been on the market since the mid 1970s. Centralizing these cases before one [Multidistrict Litigation] Judge to ensure that the discovery is done once for all claimants makes sense.”
With around 2.6 billion pounds of glyphosate having been sprayed on U.S. crops between 1992 and 2012, what makes sense is that these farmers and home gardeners who have suffered for so long should finally see some justice from a greedy and malicious corporation that has zero concern for the well-being of people or the planet.
One pending lawsuit called the company out in a refreshing way that we can only hope will continue to be the trend.
Lynda K Patterson claims her use of Roundup in her garden and landscaping over the course of ten years caused her non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and her suit alleges that Monsanto formulated, designed, manufactured and distributed the herbicide without providing adequate warning of the health risks.
Here’s hoping that these suits are the beginning of the end of a cult of poison that has for far too long held us all in thrall due to smiling Monsanto bag-men and paid-off politicians.