St. Louis attorney applauds Monsanto Roundup jury verdicts

More than $2 billion in settlements to just a handful of plaintiffs, with more than 13,000 cases pending.

Kevin Killeen
May 28, 2019 - 2:07 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — A local lawyer representing thousands of people who claim Monsanto's Roundup gave them cancer says he's happy a San Francisco judge has ordered a mediator to try to resolve all the claims against the company.

Attorney Jim Onder says people suffering from non-Hodgkins Lymphoma need help now.  

"We represent alot of people who are very sick, and they need help now," Onder told KMOX's Kevin Killeen. "Part of getting help now is trying to get the case to move forward, to settle, and to get them the money they need to support their families and get medical treatment that's needed."

Related: Man awarded $80M in lawsuit claiming Roundup causes cancer

Onder says if a settlement is reached, it would likely be global to settle all of the claims at once, and there might be different levels of compensation, depending on what type of non Hodgkins Lymphoma each person has, and how they used Roundup whether commericailly or for home use.

So far, juries in just a handful of cases have awarded more than $2 billion in damages to cancer victims, but there are still over 13,000 cases pending. 

Monsanto's parent company Bayer AG denies there's a cancer link to Roundup, saying regulators and studies have found the active ingredient is safe for human use. Bayer is appealing those verdicts. 

Bayer released a statement elaborating on its claims:

  “As this litigation is still in the early stages — with no cases that have run their course through appeal — we will remain focused on defending the safety of glyphosate-based herbicides in court, including our appeal in Johnson and post-trial proceedings in Hardeman and Pilliod. We believe we have strong legal arguments on appeal that show the evidence presented in these trials fell far short of that required to support any theory of liability and to prove causation. And we continue to believe strongly in the extensive body of reliable science that supports the safety of Roundup and on which regulators around the world continue to base their own independent and favorable assessments. In fact, the EPA’s April 2019 interim registration review decision on glyphosate also reaffirmed that ‘there are no risks to public health when glyphosate is used in accordance with its current label and that glyphosate is not a carcinogen.’”

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