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Monsanto facing product liability suit over weed-killer Roundup

Monsanto is likely a name familiar to most residents of Washington, D.C. The multi-billion-dollar corporation is making national headlines yet again after a slew of complaints in state and federal courts across the country over the health risks of a chemical in one of their products. In another state, the company is facing a product liability suit brought by a group of 40 individuals who allege exposure to the company's weed-killing product Roundup directly resulted in their non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

The recently filed complaint alleges that Monsanto suppressed genuine research that demonstrated the dangers of the chemical known as glyphosate, one of the ingredients in the Roundup weed killer. Allegedly, the company also promoted false data showing glyphosate as safe and non-carcinogenic. Unsealed documents suggest that employees went so far as to ghostwrite fake studies and attribute the papers to academic researchers. These same documents indicate that a former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency senior employee cooperated with the company in the suppression of ingredient reviews.

In 2015, The World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer determined glyphosate to most likely be carcinogenic to humans, meaning that, according to their studies, it probably causes cancer. Additionally, the chemical has been linked to other harmful environmental impacts and health issues, yet continues to be used as a popular herbicide. The complaint is seeking punitive and compensatory damages for personal injuries and wrongful death from both Monsanto Co. – the manufacturer and marketer -- and Wilbur Ellis Company, LLC, the local seller and distributor of the product.

Despite Monsanto's arguments to the contrary, the newly released documents are only part of the mounting evidence that strongly indicates not only the safety hazards of the product, but also the company's suspect involvement in concealing the fact. A slew of individuals have been exposed to what appears to be a toxic substance and are now suffering its ill effects. Anyone in Washington, D.C. whose health has been similarly compromised by exposure to Roundup or any other dangerous chemicals may wish to speak with a product liability attorney about grounds for seeking justice and compensation.

Source: mercurynews.com, "Monsanto weedkiller caused cancer, Californians allege in new lawsuit", Annie Sciacca, March 23, 2017

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