Could Round Up and Glyphosate become the next tobacco and asbestos, forever associated with causing harm and terminal disease?
Could the weed killing poison infect the very roots of its own empire?
Could the company name Monsanto become so unanimously bad, that it spreads a poison throughout the network? For the lawyers smell the rot and are spreading their tentacles and turning on the large, lucrative pile of potential legal claims, as the lawsuits grow across the very world that they have contaminated with their cancerous substance Glyphosate.
Where did the contamination begin for Monsanto?
In August of 2018 stock prices for Bayer, the company that now owns Monsanto, took a nosedive after a jury in San Francisco awarded $289 million in damages to Dewayne Lee Johnson, a former school grounds keeper, ruling that his terminal cancer was caused by Monsanto’s Roundup products. Mr Johnson’s attorneys say he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma after spraying Roundup weed killer for two and a half years. The judge also stated that Monsanto had known about the cancerous effects of Round Up and so had behaved fraudulently and unethically. And so the precedent was set.Round Up is also used to spray much of our house hold crops that we now consume, so this is something that effects all of us. It’s not just weed killer.
The court ruling had an immediate effect on Bayers share price, which plummeted within hours of trading…
Johnson was the first of hundreds of cancer patients to take the company to court over its popular weed killer, Roundup (CNN News).
In October another California court cut the $289 million penalty to $78 million, but a precedent had already been set, and now lawyers around the country are gearing up for massive class action lawsuits against Bayer.
A google search for ‘lawsuits against Monsanto, or something similar yields rather interesting results, with the top returns being advertisements from law firms or organizations set up to capitalize on the coming tidal wave of profits to be made from suing Bayer.
We have seen first hand the damage that Round Up causes. In the farming communities especially where Glyphosate is still being sprayed the cases of skin and colon cancer are through the roof.
“They certainly do see these Roundup cases as following the trajectories of asbestos, PCBs, and tobacco,” said Carey Gillam, a director of the consumer group U.S. Right to Know, who is following the cases and has researched Monsanto for years. “They see thousands and thousands of potential plaintiffs, not just in the U.S., but around the world.” [Source]
In this one, the top five results are ads generating leads for law firms, pointing out just how competitive this emerging opportunity is becoming.
In other words, the sharks smell blood in the water and are circling. Law firms are using internet marketing, fancy user-friendly landing pages, call centers, and advertising in order to recruit plaintiffs so that they can cash in on suing Bayer. This is looking to be the next big tobacco, say some.
Glyphosate is coming under fire from hundreds of legal challenges across the U.S., with individuals alleging that the herbicide is carcinogenic and linked to cases of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Glyphosate is everywhere
Whether the cases pay out for plaintiffs remains to be seen. But at the very least, they represent a big opportunity for litigators, with some thinking “glyphosate” could become a legal buzzword on par with asbestos.
We have seen first hand the damage it causes. In the farming communities especially where Glyphosate is sprayed the cases of skin and colon cancer are through the roof. “They certainly do see these Roundup cases as following the trajectories of asbestos, PCBs, and tobacco,” said Carey Gillam, a director of the consumer group U.S. Right to Know, who is following the cases and has researched Monsanto for years. “They see thousands and thousands of potential plaintiffs, not just in the U.S., but around the world.” [Source]
The following notice from one firm sums up the movement:
“As has been suspected for decades, the weed killer, Roundup, may be lethal to more than merely weeds.
After more than four decades in use as a weed killer across the globe, internal Monsanto documents have surfaced that show Monsanto has known for years that Roundup could cause cancer.
Furthermore, a federal judge overseeing related lawsuits against Bayer has just allowed controversial pieces of evidence against Monsanto to be seen in court, a move that would prove disadvantageous for Bayer.
“A federal judge overseeing lawsuits alleging Bayer AG’s glyphosate-based Roundup weed killer causes cancer on Monday tentatively allowed pieces of controversial evidence that the company had hoped to exclude from upcoming trials.
U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria during a hearing in San Francisco federal court called his decision “probably most disappointing for Monsanto,” the Bayer unit that manufactures the world’s most widely used herbicide.” [Source]
Such brewing pressure on the world’s most notorious company is also finally having an effect on retailers desire to sell Roundup and other glyphosate products in their stores.
Source: Waking Times
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