The St. Louis region is surrounded by farmland, and almost every acre of those corn and soybean fields has been sprayed at one time or another with Roundup weed killer. While the powerful herbicide was lethal to the weeds that threatened harvest season, farmers, and farmworkers only recently discovered it was dangerous to their health as well.
Cueto Law’s experienced class action attorneys defend the rights of Missouri and Illinois family farmers, as well as gardeners, landscapers and groundskeepers, who are now battling life-threatening cancers because one of the biggest corporations in the world kept the truth from them. With more than 40,000 Roundup class action claims already filed against Bayer, which recently acquired Monsanto, it’s important to file your suit with a class action lawyer in St. Louis or Belleville now if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma or other cancers after exposure to Roundup.
Glyphosate kills weeds by blocking certain enzymes that stimulate plant growth. In the 1990s, Monsanto began marketing genetically-modified Roundup Ready soybeans and corn that could stand up to the herbicide it had manufactured. Farmers could spray more Roundup to destroy infiltrating weeds without stifling the growth of their crops. It was the win-win Illinois and Missouri farmers were waiting for.
Monsanto led users to believe that because glyphosate inhibited enzymes were found only in plants, it was safe for humans to use. But eventually, researchers found that the chemical could actually suffocate and kill human cells in a laboratory setting, increasing users’ risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a life-threatening blood cancer, by 41 percent. Yet, Monsanto did nothing to warn consumers and continued to market Roundup as a safe herbicide option.
While Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is the most life-threatening outcome connected with the repeated use of Roundup, other serious health problems can include, but are not limited to:
A national class action lawsuit was filed against Bayer in 2017 with the first non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma case heard by a jury in 2018. That plaintiff ended up receiving $78.5 million to compensate him and his family for medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering.
Because Monsanto’s intention to deceive has affected so many victims on a national scale, the claims for compensation are beginning to overwhelm the court system, and filing a suit as soon as possible is critical. Partnering with a local class action lawyer who understands the struggles agricultural workers in Southern Illinois and Missouri face ensures your claim isn’t lost in the thousands of others streaming in from throughout the country. To help determine if your cancer or other health problem was caused by exposure to Roundup, contact Cueto Law in Belleville for your free consultation at 618-277-1554.