Roundup lawsuit settlement update 2024 and the most needed FAQs

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The powerful weed killer has turned out to be a silent human killer. This is the story of Roundup herbicide. When Bayer bought Monsanto in 2018, it took not only the company but also the responsibility of facing the Roundup lawsuits, which were haunting Monsanto at that time. Whether Roundup brought huge revenue or not for Bayer, it kept Bayer on the hot stove to deal with the booming Roundup cancer lawsuits.

The plaintiffs and their lawyers are keeping their fingers crossed as Bayer has won four consecutive Roundup lawsuit verdicts. The three initial plaintiff-favored verdicts, the recent huge settlement, and the court’s denial of certain motions brought by Bayer in the Roundup lawsuits are still giving the plaintiffs of the pending litigations the silhouette of victory for their pain and suffering that is continuing into the future.

The aim of this blog is to break through the details of Roundup lawsuits and the recent updates for the plaintiffs who are eagerly surfing the net in the hope of knowing the Monsanto Roundup lawsuit updates on their settlements. Follow me on the blog…

What is Roundup?

The weed killer Roundup is widely used throughout the world, including in America. It contains the early 1970s-discovered chemical molecule glyphosate as its active ingredient. It is an organophosphorus compound, more precisely a phosphonate, that works by blocking the plant enzyme 5-enolpyruvylshikimate-3-phosphate synthase. Its chemical formula is C3H8NO5P.

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It is applied on many surfaces, including playgrounds, parks, gardens, and lawns. Its primary purpose is to eradicate weeds, particularly annual broadleaf weeds and grasses that threaten crops. Although it was designed to eliminate weeds, it also killed crops because this herbicide couldn’t detect and destroy the weeds alone.

Each year, the firm brings in more than $6 billion in revenue from selling this product. Over 250 million pounds of this weed and grass killer are sprayed every year. According to the study, Roundup remains active in the soil for at least six months. The amount used in a particular area and the environmental conditions to which Roundup is continually exposed determine how long it will last.

Chronicle of Roundup Herbicide

A Monsanto chemist named John E. Franz discovered the efficiency of glyphosate as a weed killer. In 1974, Monsanto made it available to the market as a registered herbicide under the trade name Roundup. Depending on some archival evidence from the U.S. EPA, it is proved that the manufacturer was clearly aware of the potential carcinogenic nature of glyphosate in mammals in 1981 itself. In the initial years, the product had found some difficulties as Roundup weed killer destroyed crops too along with the weeds.

Soon Monsanto and Calgene, a biotech company, started research on generating genetically modified seeds that could withstand glyphosate. In 1985, due to the presence of the chemical glyphosate, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency classified Roundup weed killer as a Group C chemical, which meant a “probable human carcinogen,” based on the presence of kidney tumors in male mice. However, by 1991, EPA changed its stand, saying that there was a lack of evidence to prove its carcinogenic nature.

In 1994, Roundup was considered one of the top 10 products that changed the face of agriculture in the U.S. as the genetically altered seeds (Glyphosate-resistant) cultivated widely in America gave a huge agricultural crop production. The use of glyphosate increased in multi-folds.

Researchers conducted a study of 3,400 farmworkers in the Midwest in September 2003. The Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine published an article in 2003 in which it published that glyphosate exposure is associated with higher rates of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a branch of the World Health Organization, recognized glyphosate as a Group 2A chemical (probably carcinogenic to humans). But it also stated that there is little conclusive proof of a connection between glyphosate and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Around that time, many food products in America were found to be contaminated by glyphosate. Numerous researchers think glyphosate raises the risk of developing certain cancers, such as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) and hairy cell leukemia. In 2018, the state of California listed glyphosate on the Proposition 65 list of cancer-causing chemicals, followed by many lawsuits filed by the victims in California.

In 2016 Bayer AG, a German chemical and pharmaceutical company, proposed a deal to inherit Monsanto. In 2018, Bayer AG bought Monsanto for $63 billion, ending a protracted antitrust investigation and difficult buyout battle. Within a few months, its shares went down due to the group of Roundup lawsuits filed against Monsanto and Bayer.

A Florida Atlantic University research report is the first to prove that exposure to glyphosate causes convulsions in animals.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found from the urine samples collected from people exposed to Roundup glyphosate that more than 80% of samples had the presence of glyphosate chemicals. Australian researchers, too, identified the presence of glyphosate in the urine samples, and it reinforces the CDC report.

A UCLA research team that examined 29 different types of pesticides recently published a startling discovery in a medical journal. Home glyphosate exposure increased the risk of thyroid cancer by 36% over 20 years. This is something new and shows that many new cases may arise on this and may result in new lawsuits.

A lot more studies proving the toxic nature of Roundup are evolving in recent months. The latest Brazilian study report published in the Journal of Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology proves that when pregnant women are exposed to Roundup, the chances of the fetus getting liver damage and inflammation increase. This is caused due to the inundation of calcium and iron in the mother’s body while exposed to glyphosate.

A recent study published in Environmental Health established that exposure to glyphosate during pregnancy could result in lower birth weight and increase the chances of being in neonatal intensive care.

Dr. Paul Winchester, who led this study, opined, “Pesticide exposure in pregnancy, especially in early pregnancy, can imprint DNA and alter gene expression.”

The team collected the urine samples of around 187 pregnant women in their trimesters who were exposed to glyphosate. Out of the 187 samples, 186 contained glyphosate. The prior studies that proved the link between this pesticide exposure and animal pregnancies prompted the team to conduct the study on humans.

A recent study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute on January 11, 2023, provided more proof that glyphosate raises the risk of cancer. The health history of around 270 farmers exposed to glyphosate at work was compared to the farmers not exposed. The study discovered that a considerable amount of oxidative stress indicators enhances the risk of cancer in people exposed to glyphosate.

The evolution of more and more different complications from glyphosate exposure grew like a giant causing shadows of fear over the victims exposed to it.

Adverse Effects of Roundup Weed Killer

For every chemical product, there would be a user guide to make the consumers know the method of use. As per the user guide of Roundup, before using the product, one must wear chemical-resistant clothes and gloves to prevent direct contact with the chemical. It should be kept away from the face to avoid eye irritation. Washing of hands is advised soon after the use. Care should be taken to prevent inhalation and ingestion. These warnings themselves give a glimpse of the common side effects of the weed killer.

Eye, skin, nose, and throat irritations, increased salivation, mouth and throat burning, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea can be the short-term side effects. However, the most adverse side effects can be linked to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL), leukemia, multiple myeloma, and mantle cell lymphoma (MCL).

Landscapers, gardeners, groundskeepers, farm workers, and farmers are most likely to be exposed to pesticides or herbicides like glyphosate. NHL, which is most commonly associated with glyphosate, is a type of cancer that can begin anywhere in the body, beginning with white blood cells in the immune system. As a result, the American Cancer Society predicts that 80,000 Americans will be diagnosed with NHL by 2022. Aren’t these details jarring?

Looming of Roundup Lawsuits

On February 1, 2016, Edward Hardeman submitted the initial Roundup lawsuit to the Northern District of California’s federal district court. That ignited the fire of roundup lawsuits filed by many of the victims against the makers. In the end, all of these claims were combined by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) in the Northern District of California (MDL No. 2741) — In RE: Roundup Products Liability MDL, to create a new Mass Tort Litigation in October 2016. It was being handled by Judge Vince Chhabria in the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of California. Many cases filed under the state court were later moved to this MDL as requested by Bayer.

Has anyone won a lawsuit against roundup? Yes! In May 2019, Hardeman won an $80 million judgment verdict against Monsanto in the first bellwether trial of the Roundup lawsuits. The jury unanimously found that Roundup caused Hardeman’s cancer and that Monsanto had neglected to disclose the product’s known risks. The verdict includes $75 million in punitive penalties, reflecting Monsanto’s heinous behavior in withholding Roundup’s testing and waging a decade-long effort to falsify scientific evidence and conceal the dangers of its deadly product from regulators and the general public.

Later his punitive reward was reduced to $20 million, and in May 2021, a federal appeals court confirmed the reduced award but determined that the judge had correctly overridden Bayer’s objections in the prior appeal. In total, he had won $25 million.

In 2018, a 46-year-old Californian school ground-keeper named Dewayne Johnson won his Roundup lawsuit in the Californian state court. He claimed that he developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after continuous exposure to Roundup weed killer at his job. Though the jury did not determine the link between non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and the weed killer, he was awarded $289 million in damages, including punitive damages for Monsanto’s failure to warn of the risk that Roundup could cause cancer.

Later, the amount was reduced to $78 million.Johnson had a setback in his settlement as the court reduced his Monsanto Roundup lawsuit payout to  $20.5 million after being revised twice.

In May 2019, a Californian jury awarded $2 billion in punitive damages and an additional $55 million in compensatory damages to an old couple in the second Roundup lawsuit bellwether trial. Alva and Alberta Pilliod, both in their seventies, used Roundup for residential landscaping for roughly 30 years, which the jury found to be a significant factor in their development of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Alva received a diagnosis in 2011, and his wife Alberta did so four years later. The award was reduced after a few months to $86.7 million.

These three big wins gave the other plaintiffs great hope that they could also win the desired compensation for their suffering. However, there came an unexpected turn of the winds when Bayer had its first Roundup lawsuit win in October 2021. Destiny Clark claimed that her son Ezra was diagnosed with Burkitt’s lymphoma after being exposed to Roundup, which she sprayed on weeds at the family home. The jury determined that the company was not responsible for a child’s rare form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

In December 2021, Bayer became elated with the second straight win in the Roundup lawsuit. The jury in San Bernardino County ascertained that Donnetta Stephens’ cancer was not caused by her exposure to Roundup between 1985 and 2017. Since the trial took place online with a lot of delays and technical errors, the plaintiff’s attorney felt that the jury could not understand her emotional trauma and the suffering in its full power. Therefore, he was planning to appeal for a retrial later.

In June 2022, Bayer had its third consecutive Roundup lawsuit win in Kansas. The plaintiff Allan Shelton sought recovery of damages for developing his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma from the prolonged use of Roundup weed killer. The jury dismissed the plaintiff’s claims, agreeing with the company that the weed killer was not the cause of the plaintiff’s disease.

In June 2022, Bayer tasted its fourth win against Larry Johnson and Gayle Johnson from Oregon. Larry Johnson used Roundup weed killer from 1990 until 2019 in his home garden. In 2019 he was diagnosed with NHL, and he was claiming for his treatment, including chemotherapy, emotional distress, and suffering. His wife Gayle was claiming for loss of consortium. However, the court did not determine that the exposure to glyphosate caused his NHL.

In August 2022, the case of Alesi et al. was taken for trial in St. Louis county Circuit Court, a well-known plaintiff-friendly forum. All three plaintiffs, who were in their 60-plus years were exposed to Roundup for a long time and developed NHL. Dr. Charles Benbrook, a noted agricultural economist, and William Sawyer, a toxicology specialist, both testified for the plaintiffs for 2 to 4 days. Previously, Dr. Sawyer’s testimony helped Pilliod gain a favorable verdict.

A jury in St. Louis returned a defense verdict in favor of Bayer/Monsanto on all counts after a nearly month-long trial that featured three plaintiffs’ claims. Though it’s a blow to the plaintiffs, hope is still left.

Though Roundup had settled most of the Roundup lawsuits, many other lawsuits are yet to be trialed. A positive verdict in favor of the plaintiffs is expected to turn the tides in favor of the other victims in their cases.

Chronological Timeline of Roundup Lawsuits

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February 1, 2016– The first lawsuit was filed by Edward Hardeman for getting non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

October 2016– All the Roundup lawsuits were consolidated as MDL 2741 in the Northern District of California (MDL No. 2741) under Judge Vince Chhabria.

February 2019– Edward Hardeman’s case was chosen for the first bellwether trial.

May 2019– The court awarded $80 million to Hardeman. Later it was reduced to $25 million.

June 2019– The 22 cases from Wave 1 and 37 cases from Wave 2 were remanded back to their respective district courts for further proceedings.

June 2020– Bayer issued a press release announcing the settlement of $10.9 billion to resolve the ongoing and future Roundup lawsuits, including the MDL and the lawsuits in the state courts. A four-year period was proposed to monitor the development of new cases of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and a $2 billion settlement for those new claims in the four-year period. However, it will close the doors for those who might develop the disease down the road. Therefore, Judge Chhabria rejected the proposal.

December 2020– Around 100 cases from the state courts were added to the Wave 3 cases in the MDL.

May 2021– Bayer’s proposal to settle the existing cases.

July 2021– Bayer proposed a five-point plan to settle all future claims for an additional 4.5 billion apart from the already proposed 10.9 billion.

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Bayer also proposed to withdraw the Roundup weed killer from the market by 2023 and replace it with a glyphosate-free version for residential use.

August 2021– More than 200 cases were added in Wave 4 cases.

September 2021– Around 500 Roundup lawsuits from the state courts were allowed to join Wave 5 cases, and more than 300 cases were allowed to join Wave 6 cases in the MDL.

January 2022– There were 3989 Roundup lawsuits pending in the California MDL and around 30,000 Roundup cancer lawsuits in the state courts. A group of Roundup customers requested a federal judge in California to approve a $45 million class action settlement in a wrong labeling consumer lawsuit to end their claims that they lost money when they bought the weed killer.

February 2022– Many plaintiffs’ attorneys were requesting the MDL judge to remand more cases back to the state courts to avoid delay. Bayer agreed to a settlement amount ranging from $23 million to $45 million to settle a Roundup class action lawsuit alleging that consumers overpaid for Roundup because Bayer failed to inform them of the cancer risk involved with this weed killer. About 20% of the typical price consumers paid for Roundup products were intended to be refunded by the Roundup cancer lawsuit settlements. Though it is not a personal injury settlement, it will have an impact on the pending Roundup lawsuits.

March 2022– Another Roundup judgment has been appealed by Bayer to the U.S. Supreme Court. Bayer rehashed its preemption defense in a 43-page writ of certiorari that was filed with the supreme court, which other courts haven’t taken seriously. In essence, the claim is that since the EPA has determined that Roundup is safe, any lawsuit claiming that Roundup causes cancer is barred under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), a federal law that governs herbicides and their labels.

April 10, 2022– The Supreme Court has asked the Biden administration to file a brief outlining its position on whether the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act should preempt all Roundup lawsuits.

May 2022– A Roundup weed killer lawsuit settlement has been agreed upon between Monsanto and almost 96,000 Roundup lawsuits. Monsanto made a roughly $11 billion payment. This covers almost 80 percent of all the pending Roundup lawsuits in the state courts. However, there are still more than 4,000 claims pending in the MDL. It has also set aside more than $4 billion to settle future claims.

June 18, 2022– Bayer won its fourth consecutive Roundup lawsuit victory.

June 22, 2022– The Court has rejected Bayer’s appeal to cancel the remaining Roundup lawsuits.

June 30, 2022– The Supreme Court rejected Bayer’s appeal motion to reverse the $87 million settlement to the couple Alberta and Alva Pilliod.

September 01, 2022– Missouri’s first multi-plaintiff trial, which began on August 3, involved three distinct claimants, including a woman from Seattle and two men from Florida, both in their 60s and 70s. They claimed they acquired non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma due to direct exposure to glyphosate. The jury gave a defense-favored verdict saying that the plaintiffs failed to prove their claim.

We will update the other happenings in the Roundup cases here as soon as it occurs. Stay tuned for more Roundup lawsuit updates 2023 and Roundup settlement update 2024…

Latest Updates on Roundup Lawsuits Settlements & Trials

On November 13, 2022, Bayer tasted its sixth consecutive cancer trial after the initial plaintiff verdicts.

The plaintiff Stacey Moore claimed that her non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) was caused by Roundup exposure. Though the plaintiff’s attorneys have presented a lot of scientific studies to prove their claims, the judge gave the verdict in favor of Bayer.

February 2023 update

As per the latest Bayer Roundup news in February 2023 updates, an emergency order from the Missouri Supreme Court stopped a six-plaintiff Roundup trial that had just started in St. Louis in February 2023. The court determined that the lawsuit was filed in St. Louis in defiance of a relatively recent Missouri law intended to stop plaintiffs from choosing the most convenient venue.

Though St. Louis is said to be a plaintiff-friendly jurisdiction, Bayer’s lawyers were able to persuade the court that the case lacked sufficient ties to St. Louis because none of the six plaintiffs were Missouri residents.

March 2023 update

As per the Roundup lawsuit news in March 2023, Monsanto Co. requested that the full Eleventh Circuit rule that Dr. Carson’s claims that the company failed to warn customers that its Roundup weed killer could cause cancer are barred by federal law.

The plaintiff, Dr. John Carson Sr., from Georgia, filed his Roundup case against Monsanto in 2017. He alleged that his use of roundup in his garden for 30 years led him to develop a soft tissue cancer (Malignant Fibrous Histiocytoma (MFH)).

His lawsuit was filed under Georgia state law’s count four.

  • Strict liability for failure to design (Count I)
  • Strict liability for failure to warn (Count II)
  • Negligence (Count III)
  • Breach of implied warranties (Count IV)

A district court first dismissed his case. Carson filed an appeal, and the Circuit Court reversed its decision; nonetheless, the entire Eleventh Circuit consented to hear the case.

Mr. Carson appealed the court’s decision regarding his failure-to-warn claim after the district court determined that his claims were specifically barred by the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), 7 U.S.C. 136.

Every plaintiff in the ongoing Roundup lawsuits are still on the hope of getting some good news in the Roundup lawsuit update 2023. Let’s hope the wind will turn in favor of the plaintiffs soon.

Elvira Reyes-Hernandez

Plaintiff Elvira Reyes-Hernandez’s civil lawsuit has raised the brows of migrant farmers affected by Roundup. Elvira, a migrant, was exposed to Glyphosate during 2015 to 2018 when she worked on Virginia Tree Farms.

In 2019, she was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma and sued Monsanto for causing her cancer. Bayer’s $10 million settlement covered Elvira too.

Bayer allocated around $410 million to three law firms representing Elvira. She was one among the more than 3,000 plaintiffs who were supposed to get $120,000 each. However, very soon she was excluded from the settlement as she was not a U.S. citizen. It was said that without getting her consent, her lawyers too dropped her from their clients list.

They claimed that her claim was not covered under Bayer’s imposed limitations on recovery and she was not excluded as she was a migrant.

However, according to the Environmental Health News, Bayer’s decision to exclude the non U. citizens was a huge set back to the migrant farm workers, who were affected by Glyphosate exposure.

Elvira moved a civil complaint against Bayer and the three law firms for denying her chance to recover recompense for her damages. If the court decides in favor of Elvira, it will revive the hopes of those migrant farmers waiting to sue Bayer.

May 2023

A talk among the experts is hovering like dark clouds over the hopes of the plaintiffs. The experts feel that Monsanto is picking cases they could easily win for bellwether trials and settling the strong cases confidentially for lesser compensation.

Moreover, they have chosen St. Louis County court for trial, as this court has more conservative juries, which would favor them. The number of consecutive wins for Bayer in the St. Louis County trials seems to underline the same belief.

The trials in Sharlean Gordon’s case began on April 26, 2023. The plaintiff claims that in her childhood, she was exposed to Roundup, when her stepfather used it in their garden. Due to this, she had developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the age of 39.

They have presented a Monsanto memo to prove their claims. Donna Farmer, the chief toxicologist at Monsanto’s product safety center wrote in 2009, “You cannot say that Roundup does not cause cancer. We have not done the carcinogenicity studies with Roundup.”

Bayer might have chosen this case believing that they could win the case easily as the exposure happened long back and the plaintiff was cancer-free for so many years.

Bayer bagged its seventh consecutive win in Gordon’s case. If this trial brought a plaintiff-friendly verdict, it could change the entire scenario and turn the winds to the plaintiffs.

The US federal court declined to review the $39 million settlement with a large cy pres award- $14.4 million (distribution of the unclaimed portion of class action settlement to the charitable organization).

This occurred in an argument from an objector that the class members’ compensation is unfairly diverted to third-party organizations.

August 2023

In a recent agreement with the state of New York, Bayer and Monsanto Co. have consented to a nearly $7 million settlement concerning deceptive advertising claims about their Roundup weedkiller.

The New York Attorney General said that Bayer was wrong to sell Roundup as safe for the environment when they knew it might cause cancer. Surprisingly, Bayer agreed to pay $6.9 million to settle the case.

The Missouri Supreme Court ruled to move five out of six Roundup lawsuits against Monsanto from St. Louis City to St. Louis County, interpreting the state’s venue statute. The decision is based on where Monsanto’s registered agent resides, as the initial injuries occurred outside Missouri. While not a decisive defeat, the plaintiffs consider this a setback, as they generally prefer the jurisdiction of St. Louis City.

As of August 15, 2023, federal multidistrict litigation in California is still processing 4,222 open lawsuit cases related to Roundup.

September 2023 Update

In September 1, 2023, Bayer tasted its eighth consecutive win in Evard vs. Monsanto trial. The Jury decided that Roundup was not the cause of the plaintiff’s injuries.

As a greatest blow to the plaintiffs, in one of the latest cases trialed recently is dimissed ending in favor of the defendants. In McCostlin vs. Monsanto, Bayor had its consecutive nineth victory. Mark McCostlin is one of the plaintiffs in the Barbara Allegrezza et al. v. Monsanto claims. Bayer’s attorney stated that te plaintiff did not file the claim within the statute of limitations.

Judge Brian May did not believe the testimony of the plaintiff’s expert Dr. Barry Boyd, who testified that roundup might have contributed to the plaintiff’s NHL. the plaintiff has planned to go for an appeal.

Experts believe that plaintiffs will soon have a great win in one of the cases trialed in Philadelphia.

The trial dates of a few roundup lawsuits are scheduled to occur in the coming months.

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October 2023 Update

As a solace to the plaintiffs, and a speed breaker to the consecutive success Bayer enjoyed in the recent past, juries gave a few plaintiff favored verdicts. On October 20, plaintiff Durnell secured $1.25 million in compensatory damages in a product labeling-related claim. On October 27, plaintiff Caranci received a verdict of $25 million in compensatory damages and $150 million in punitive damages.

According to the latest update by Reuters, a plaintiff favored verdict is given in a lawsuit filed by plaintiff Mike Dennis. He pursued a legal battle against Bayer for his non-Hodgkin lymphoma and won a $332 million settlement in damages on October 31, 2023. The reparation includes a $7 million in compensatory damages and a $325 million as punitive damages.

November 2023 

Roundup lawsuit update November 2023 reaches the plaintiffs making their hopes in much brighter. Three plaintiffs- Daniel Anderson (California), Jimmy Draeger (Missouri) and Valorie Gunther (New York) were awarded $61.1 million in compensatory damages and $500 million each in punitive damages for their non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The jury found out that Bayer’s negligence contributed to the plaintiffs’ damages.

These plaintiff-favored wins illuminate the hope that remaining plaintiff also will get a decent settlement for their woes.

December 2023

In a statement, Bayer reported that after facing five consecutive losses in trials with similar allegations, they have now prevailed in a lawsuit filed by a California man who claimed he got cancer as a result of using its Roundup herbicide.

On Friday, a jury in California’s San Benito County Superior Court returned a verdict. Bayer said the decision was consistent with the evidence in the case, showing that Roundup did not cause cancer and was not responsible for the plaintiff’s illnesses.

Attorneys representing Bruce Jones did not immediately respond to a request for comment or to give their opinion. Jones alleged that Roundup caused her to develop non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, similar to the claims made by most of the plaintiffs in the Roundup claims.

It is alleged that Roundup, which Bayer purchased for billions, has resulted in personal injury claims from approximately 165,000 individuals against the agrochemical company Monsanto, which Bayer acquired in 2018.

In the lawsuit filed by Martel for her NHL from the exposure to Roundup, the jury gave a plaintiff verdict. She received $462,500 in compensatory damages and $3 million in punitive damages. The lawsuit by Jones from California ended in a defense verdict. As of December 2023, around $4.5 billion was settled in Roundup lawsuits.

What does 2024 bring for plaintiffs?

January 2024

Trial in McKivision case started in Philadelphia on January 8. Plaintiffs in more than 4200 pending cases have pinned their hopes on this trial, as they faced a defense verdict last month.

Plaintiffs’ hopes are getting boosted with the recent verdicts, which favored them, despite the one recent defense verdict. The jury took a favorable decision to the plaintiff in McKvision case by awarding $250 million in compensatory damages and a $2 billion punitive damages on January 26, 2024.

February 2024 Update

Around 26 new lawsuits were added to the ongoing Roundup MDL in January. in a wrongful death lawsuit filed in Florida, the plaintiff alleges the decedent’s diffuse large B-cell lymphoma was caused by the exposure to Roundup despite adhering to the safety warnings.

As Bayer’s head quarters is in New Jersey, it could influence the state court’s jurisdiction in Roundup lawsuits. As a turning point, the 11th Circuit court ruled that the state failure to warn claims could not be barred by the federal law, spoiling the dreams of Monsanto.

the case of Cloud vs Monsanto is expected to give favorable outcome due to the plaintiff’s extensive exposure to Ropundup as a groundskeeper. Monsanto has moved a motion to overtun the $2.25 billion verdict in McKvision case.

As trials in NHL claims of Cody, Myers and Kline are going to commence in Arkansas, California and Pennsylvania respectively, there is a surge in Roundup lawsuits.

As a turn of events, judge Chhabria notes a possible dimissal or a transfer of a class action lawsuit into MDL as the lawsuits by the Californian plaintiffs face challenges over venue appropriateness and class action manageability.

May Update 2024

As of May 2024, there were 4,279 roundup lawsuits pending in the MDL – 2741.

On May 2, Judge Chhabria issued a pretrial order rejecting Monsanto’s motion to exclude the testimony of plaintiffs’ expert witnesses in three lawsuits. The decision preserved the plaintiffs’ ability to prove that Roundup exposure caused their illnesses, preventing likely dismissals of the cases. Judge found Monsanto’s arguments against the expert witnesses as unconvincing, considering their contributions “scientifically reasonable.”

The decision affects lawsuits filed by:

  • Richard and Shirley Canning
  • Gerald and Lynne Nelson
  • Robert and Darya Cotter

The plaintiffs allege that exposure to Roundup caused many other subtypes of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Each intends to rely on Dr. Robert F. Herrick and Dr. D. Barry Boyd to establish the causal link between their health issues and Roundup. Judge Chhabria indicated that if a settlement is not reached, the cases would be remanded to the District of Massachusetts in two weeks.

For the latest Roundup settlement update 2024, visit our blog.

June Update 2024

To date, there are 4,285 cases waiting to resoved in the MDL overseen by Judge William H. Orrick III and Judge Vince Chhabria.

As a latest development in the McKivison case, Pennsylvania Judge Susan Schulman reduced the prior verdict of $2.25 billion on June 4, 2024, following an appeal by Monsanto. Initially, the victim was awarded $250 million in compensatory damages and $2 billion in punitive damages. The revised judgment reduced the compensatory damages to $50 million and the punitive damages to $350 million. Both the plaintiff and Monsanto have decided to go for an appeal. The plaintiff is seeking the full restoration of the original verdict, while Monsanto aims to dismiss the entire award.

Roundup Lawsuit Verdicts- In a Nutshell

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Roundup Lawsuit FAQs

  1. Is Roundup still on the market?

Yes, it is still having its presence on store shelves all over America despite the warnings of many researchers of the carcinogenic nature of the Roundup weed killer and the pouring Roundup weed killer lawsuits. Since EPA changed its stand on the carcinogenic nature and affirmed that its safe for use, it is making Bayer strong in its stand that Roundup is not harmful.

  1. What cancers qualify for the Roundup lawsuit?

Roundup cancer lawsuits are linked with cancers like non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, leukemia, multiple myeloma, and mantle cell lymphoma (MCL). If you or any of your loved ones are affected by one of these cancers, you can definitely proceed with your roundup lawsuit. Though many scientists have proclaimed their anxiety over glyphosate’s carcinogenic nature, there is still no authentic scientific study that has proved that it caused the abovesaid types of cancers.

  1. How do you prove exposure to Roundup?

It might not be as difficult to prove that you used Roundup as you think. Assemble the required documentation, such as receipts, half-used containers, invoices for landscaping work, or even documentation that you were employed in a profession where herbicide exposure was probably common. You have proof to show the extended period of time you are exposed to glyphosate at work or for home use. The latency period between your exposure and the time of diagnosis plays a vital role. If you have prior other cancer diagnoses, treatments, and unhealthy habits like prolonged smoking, alcoholism, etc., that can also affect your claim.

  1. What is the average payout for Roundup lawsuits?

Reports say that from the big settlement Bayer had arrived, as an average roundup settlement per person, each plaintiff would get between $5,000 to $250,000 based on the extent of exposure, the severity of the disease, extensive treatments received, and the need for future treatment. Another report has averaged $160,000 as the roundup lawsuit settlement amounts per person 2021 from the large payout.

  1. When should I expect my Roundup settlement checks in 2022?

Many of the plaintiffs whose cases were settled received their checks for payout for roundup lawsuit in 2021 and in early 2022. Some others recieved their Roundup settlement checks 2022 in later 2022. The Roundup lawsuit settlement amounts per person 2022 depend on the degree of injuries and the severity of the exposure.

  1. How many lawsuits are against Roundup?

As of June 2022, there are around 20,000 to 30,000 claims pending in the courts all over America, including the MDL cases. This is apart from the 96,000 claims, which Bayer had agreed to settle.

  1. What is the Roundup lawsuit deadline? / Is it too late to join the Roundup lawsuit?

Since all the roundup lawsuits are ongoing, with only a part of them having reached a settlement, you have a bright chance of pursuing your Bayer lawsuit. In the case of disease-related product liability claims like Roundup, the latency period or the date of the discovery of the disease is considered the beginning period. Therefore, it is better late than never to claim your damages. Contact a roundup lawsuit lawyer to know the statutes of limitations of your state know the deadline for your claim.

  1. Are the victims winning Roundup cases?

Absolutely. As you know, in the beginning, three plaintiffs won huge sums as reparation for their damages. Even this big settlement Bayer had reached recently with around 96,000 plaintiffs was also proof of the defendant’s negligence towards the plaintiffs and the plaintiffs’ victory. Even future claims have more validity based on the extent of their damages. There is a bright hope for the future plaintiffs to get the settlement.

  1. What Is the expected settlement amount for an unsettled Roundup cancer claim?

The recent announcement of $4.5 billion to settle the future claims will give more payout than the already projected $5,000 to $200,000 to future claimants.

  1. How to join Roundup lawsuit?

Roundup lawsuit attorneys all over the U.S. are helping the victims sue the negligent manufacturer. If you have a valid claim against Bayer, contact the best lawyer for the Roundup lawsuit in your area.

  1. What is the statute of limitations on the Roundup lawsuit?

Usually, the roundup lawsuit statute of limitations in most states is three to five years from the date of the discovery of the disease. There are two statutes of limitations, the personal injury statutes, and the product liability statutes. Some states strictly follow product liability statutes for such disease-related claims. Therefore, make sure which one is followed in your state.

  1. How many lawsuits have been filed against Monsanto?

Since Bayer inherited Monsanto, the cases were only against Bayer, and Monsanto doesn’t exist in the present. There have been more than 125,000 claims filed against Bayer in the Roundup lawsuits so far. Since many people are exposed to Roundup weed killer, they may be diagnosed with any of the above-discussed cancers in the coming years. Therefore, more Roundup lawsuits can be sprouting every day. The numbers will surely grow day by day.

  1. How do you qualify for a Roundup settlement?

If you were regularly exposed to glyphosate-based herbicides and were diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma or a diagnosis of a related condition, you might be eligible to bring a Roundup weed killer cancer case. The following factors qualify you for a roundup lawsuit if you are exposed to glyphosate.

  • You are diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and are under treatment
  • You are just diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and have not started treatment
  • You have been treated for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in the past
  • You have lost your loved one to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  1. What’s the latest news on the Roundup lawsuit?

As of June 2022 Roundup litigation update, Bayer has reached big Roundup lawsuit settlements with around 100,000 claimants for $10.9 billion, and Bayer’s appeal to change the $87 million reward of Pilliod is blindly rejected by the federal court. The court’s rejection of Bayer’s appeal to cancel the remaining lawsuits came as a great blow to the pharma giant. And it gives hope that the court is intended to punish Bayer for its negligence.

15. When will I get my roundup settlement checks 2023?/ when will roundup settlements be paid?/ Has anyone received money from roundup lawsuit in 2023?

As per the Roundup settlement update, around eighty percent of the Roundup lawsuits are settled. And some of the plaintiffs have received their settlements. Others are expected to get it in 2024.

16. Why haven’t I received my roundup settlement check yet?

On hearing the settlement updates, everyone is eager to know the Roundup settlement status and the date of payment. Plaintiffs who are included in the settlements may have to wait for one or two years to recieve their payouts as the settlement has to cover around 100,000 lawsuits. As 2023 is nearing to an end, let’s hope the roundup settlement checks will reach your hands at least in 2024.

Let us know your queries other than what we have discussed here. Keep in touch to clear your queries…

To sum up,

The Roundup lawsuit is one of the most recent mass tort litigations that has shaken the United States like a seismic wave. No one has ever thought that a simple herbicide could be detrimental to rewriting the destinies of the people of America. The more or less equivalent wins for the plaintiffs, as well as the defendant, can be a little baffling in deciding the future course of Roundup lawsuit proceedings. However, the court’s decision to block Bayer’s move to close all the remaining cancer lawsuits keeps the flame of hope away.

The one and only important thing to win your Roundup lawsuit are to have a clear and intact medical record to prove your exposure to glyphosate and cancer development. Keep in mind that many of the cases where the medical records are not strong enough are either rejected or failed to create an impact in the court. Many recent mass tort litigations like 3m earplug lawsuits, IVC filter lawsuits, Essure lawsuits, and opioid lawsuits are won by plaintiffs with their solid medical records backing their claims like a strong pillar. Therefore, make sure your medical records are error-free.

Contact the best Roundup lawyer; he might suggest you if you need the help of an expert witness to win your case. An experience Roundup lawsuit lawyer by your side to fight on your behalf will also make the process more successful.

Let us all hope for the best while closely monitoring what happens in the federal court proceedings on the Roundup MDL and other lawsuits in the coming days.

We understand that each mornings of the plaintiffs dawn  with the question of what the bayer roundup settlement news today will be. Reach our site to know the Roundup lawsuit settlement update.

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