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Roundup Weed Killer Lawsuits: 2023 Updates & Settlements

Roundup is one of the most widely used weed killers in the world. The active ingredient in Roundup is a chemical called glyphosate. Glyphosate kills weeds by blocking proteins plants need to grow.


Roundup was first sold in 1974 by a company called Monsanto. Farmers quickly adopted Roundup because it was very effective at killing weeds but did not seem to harm most crops. Homeowners also started using Roundup to control weeds in gardens and lawns.


Over the decades, Roundup became the #1 selling weed killer globally. But concerns started emerging that glyphosate might not be as safe as initially thought.


In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” This means there is some evidence it could cause cancer in people exposed to it.

Many lawsuits have now been filed against Monsanto (now owned by Bayer), the maker of Roundup. These lawsuits claim:

  • Monsanto knew glyphosate in Roundup could cause cancer but hid this risk from regulators and the public.
  • Monsanto manipulated scientific data and misled regulators into believing Roundup was safe.
  • Roundup exposure has caused thousands of users to develop Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (NHL), a type of blood cancer.

People who used Roundup for home or farm/work purposes have filed lawsuits seeking compensation for their cancer diagnosis and other losses.


In 2020, Bayer/Monsanto agreed to pay over $10 billion to settle most Roundup lawsuits. This massive settlement program allows people diagnosed with NHL cancer after exposure to:

  • File a claim for compensation
  • Join the settlement to resolve their Roundup lawsuit
  • Get a payout from the settlement fund based on their injuries

This guide will cover the settlement details, how to file a claim, ongoing Roundup litigation, and whether glyphosate really does cause cancer.


We will also provide updates for 2023 on the latest Roundup lawsuit news and developments.


If you or a loved one ever used Roundup and now have NHL, please read this information carefully. Consult with a Roundup lawyer to fully understand your legal options to take action and seek the compensation you may deserve.

Roundup Uses and Cancer Risks

Roundup weed killer has been used around the world for decades to control unwanted weeds and vegetation. The main ingredient in Roundup is glyphosate, a chemical compound that is applied to leaves of target weeds.

Glyphosate enters the plant and blocks certain proteins that are needed for growth. This results in the plant dying.

Roundup was first introduced by Monsanto in 1974. The weed killer quickly became popular for several reasons:

  • Roundup was very effective at killing a broad range of weeds and grasses
  • It allowed farmers to easily prepare fields before planting crops
  • It could be sprayed over certain crops without harming them
  • Homeowners found it eliminated weeds efficiently in gardens and lawns

Monsanto scientist John Franz first discovered the herbicidal properties of glyphosate in 1970. Monsanto was able to develop it into a product and bring Roundup to market just a few years later.

How is Roundup Used as a Weed Killer?

Since its launch, Roundup has become the #1 selling weed killer worldwide with billions in annual sales. Some of the major uses of Roundup include:

  • Agriculture - sprayed over genetically modified "Roundup Ready" crops
  • Landscaping - eliminating weeds in gardens, lawns, paths
  • Forestry management - controlling vegetation growth
  • Industrial sites - clearing areas around oil fields, railroads, power lines

Both industrial strength and consumer versions of Roundup are used across these sectors. Applicators use hand sprayers, hoses, aerial spraying, and other methods to disperse the chemical.

Studies Linking Roundup to Cancer

While glyphosate proved very effective at controlling unwanted plant growth, some concerning health impacts started to emerge in research studies:

  • Early studies found glyphosate caused tumors and cancer in lab animals
  • Research suggested it could act as an endocrine disruptor in humans
  • The IARC classified glyphosate as a "probable human carcinogen"


The table below highlights some key research on the cancer risks of glyphosate:

Year

Study Findings

1991

EPA found evidence of carcinogenic potential in mice

1999

Evidence of hormone disruption in human cells

2009

DNA damage seen in human cells exposed to glyphosate formulations

2015

IARC identified glyphosate as probably carcinogenic

2018

Glyphosate shown to damage gut bacteria in bees

This research has led many scientists to conclude the risks of glyphosate are greater than originally assumed. However, Monsanto maintains that real-world exposure shows no firm link between Roundup and cancer.


The debate over the cancer risks of glyphosate is still ongoing. But many believe there is credible evidence that Roundup use can contribute to development of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (NHL) blood cancer.

Thousands of plaintiffs have filed lawsuits alleging exposure to Monsanto's Roundup caused or contributed to their NHL diagnosis. These users developed lymphoma cancer after years of spraying Roundup weed killer without proper warnings about safety.

Roundup Lawsuit Allegations Against Monsanto

Thousands of plaintiffs across the United States have filed lawsuits against Monsanto, alleging the company’s Roundup weed killers caused them to develop Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (NHL) and other cancers.

These Roundup lawsuits claim:

  • Monsanto failed to adequately warn users that Roundup could cause cancer with prolonged exposure
  • Monsanto hid evidence that glyphosate was dangerous and manipulated regulators
  • Exposure to Roundup caused plaintiffs' NHL cancer diagnosis and suffering

The plaintiffs include families, farmers, groundskeepers, gardeners and others who sprayed Roundup for years without knowing the serious health risks.

Many of the lawsuits are grouped together in mass torts or multidistrict litigation (MDL) under federal court. Thousands of plaintiffs make similar allegations against Monsanto in their Roundup lawsuits.

Failure to Warn of Cancer Risks

A key claim made by Roundup plaintiffs is that Monsanto failed to warn consumers and regulators that glyphosate could cause cancer with prolonged exposure.

Plaintiffs argue:

  • Monsanto knew decades ago that glyphosate was dangerous but hid it
  • Monsanto manipulated scientific data to conceal cancer risks
  • Labels and marketing should have warned users of risks
  • Exposure caused plaintiffs’ NHL diagnosis, pain and suffering

Internal Monsanto emails uncovered through the litigation process revealed the company's efforts to influence scientific research and regulators' assessments of glyphosate:

Year

Internal Email Findings

1999

Discussed need to "neutralize" IARC cancer classification

2002

Admitted formulations more toxic than glyphosate alone

2015

Planned tactics to discredit IARC after cancer classification

Plaintiffs argue this is proof Monsanto knew Roundup could cause cancer but failed to warn consumers in order to keep profits high.

Plaintiffs Suffering from Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Thousands of plaintiffs from across the U.S. allege in Roundup lawsuits that exposure to the weed killer caused them to develop Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL), a blood cancer.

Many plaintiffs were diagnosed with NHL after years or decades of spraying Roundup. Common illnesses and issues plaintiffs suffer include:

  • Fatigue, fevers and night sweats from cancer
  • Enlarged lymph nodes and fluid buildup
  • Anemia and increased risk of infection
  • Chemotherapy and medications that cause side effects
  • Multiple surgeries and medical appointments
  • High treatment costs and hospital bills

Plaintiffs seek compensation through Roundup lawsuits for their physical suffering, steep medical costs, lost wages, and other damages.

Monsanto continues to deny Roundup exposure causes NHL. But thousands of plaintiffs believe the evidence shows otherwise.

$10.9 Billion Roundup Settlement with Monsanto

In June 2020, Bayer/Monsanto agreed to pay over $10 billion to settle thousands of Roundup cancer lawsuits alleging the weed killer caused Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (NHL).

This landmark settlement resolves most current and future Roundup litigation. It establishes a settlement program and fund to compensate individuals who develop NHL after Roundup exposure.

Monsanto Settles to End Ongoing Litigation

This massive settlement came after Monsanto lost 3 high-profile Roundup lawsuits with huge damage awards:

  • Dewayne Johnson awarded $289 million (later reduced to $78 million)
  • Edwin Hardeman awarded $80 million (later reduced to $25 million)
  • Alva and Alberta Pilliod awarded $2 billion (later reduced to $87 million)

While Monsanto appealed these verdicts, the company agreed to the global settlement to end further costly and lengthy litigation.

Key components of the June 2020 Roundup settlement include:

  • $10.9 billion total settlement fund
  • Covers about 95,000 filed and future claims
  • Resolves most lawsuits except some outside settlement
  • No admission of liability by Monsanto

The enormous settlement avoids future courtroom battles for Monsanto. People who accept money from the fund also agree not to file future Roundup claims against Bayer.

Filing a Claim with the Roundup Settlement

The settlement program is now accepting claims from Roundup users diagnosed with NHL who want compensation.

To file a claim and receive a payout, certain criteria must be met:

  • Diagnosis of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (NHL)
  • NHL diagnosed after exposure to Roundup
  • Exposure occurred as of February 2021 in U.S.
  • Has not excluded self from settlement program

Settlement awards are based on:

  • Type and severity of NHL diagnosis
  • Age and other factors affecting prognosis
  • Extent and duration of Roundup exposure

Compensation amounts will range from minimal to tens of thousands of dollars for individual plaintiffs. The table below shows the settlement tiers:

Settlement Tier

Compensation Range

Tier 1 (highest)

Up to $200,000

Tier 2

Up to $160,000

Tier 3

Up to $60,000

Tier 4 (lowest)

Up to $10,000

It is crucial to register and file a claim before the deadlines to receive a settlement payout. An experienced Roundup lawyer can help maximize compensation.

Getting Legal Help for your Roundup Lawsuit

The settlement process can be complex, so consultation with a Roundup attorney is highly recommended.

An attorney can help:

  • Determine eligibility for the settlement
  • Gather medical records and exposure history
  • Validate and maximize your settlement claim
  • Ensure deadlines are properly met

Most Roundup lawyers provide free case reviews and only collect fees if compensation is awarded. Finding an experienced lawyer gives you the best chance at the highest possible settlement.

Time is limited to take action against Bayer/Monsanto for Roundup NHL claims. Do not wait to contact a qualified attorney who can immediately start building your lawsuit or settlement claim.

Ongoing Roundup Lawsuit Updates and Developments for 2023

Despite Bayer's multi-billion dollar settlement, legal proceedings continue over Roundup weed killers and their alleged link to cancer.

In 2023, several key developments are expected in the ongoing Roundup litigation:

Status of Appeals and Future Cases Against Monsanto

Bayer is appealing the three major trial losses ordering large payments to plaintiffs. The company hopes to reverse or reduce the verdicts on appeal.

The appeals of the Johnson, Hardeman and Pilliod verdicts are progressing through higher courts. But the process is lengthy, and decisions may not come until 2024 or later.

In addition to appeals, some plaintiffs are pursuing new Roundup lawsuits outside the settlement:

  • Several cases retained rights to continue separate litigation
  • Claims are still filed by users who reject the settlement
  • Future cases likely alleging harm from glyphosate

Monsanto will aggressively defend against these ongoing cases. But new trials could unfold with large damages awarded if plaintiffs win.

New 2023 Roundup Research and Regulations

Several key developments are expected in 2023 regarding glyphosate research and regulation:

  • EPA completing glyphosate risk assessment
  • European Union deciding on glyphosate license renewal
  • Results from NIH glyphosate health study (AGRICOH)
  • New evidence from cancer research journals

The table below outlines upcoming milestones important to the Roundup litigation:

Date

Development

Details

Mid-2023

EPA glyphosate risk assessment

Draft report on cancer risk from glyphosate exposure

Dec 2023

EU glyphosate re-approval decision

Whether to re-authorize weed killer in Europe

2023

NIH AGRICOH study findings

Large study on glyphosate and cancer/health risks

Ongoing

Scientific cancer research

Journals assess carcinogenicity of glyphosate

These developments could shift the consensus on glyphosate risks and impact future Roundup lawsuits.

Global Regulation and Bans on Glyphosate

The herbicide remains widely used in the U.S. and many countries. But others are starting to restrict or ban glyphosate:

  • Banned or restricted in Argentina, Germany, France, and Brazil
  • Austria banned all uses, including farming in 2022
  • Sri Lanka banned imports to avoid cancer risks
  • Mexico announced phase-out by 2024

If more jurisdictions start limiting or blocking glyphosate, it could indicate growing concerns over health risks.

New legislation and cancer warnings could arise if evidence mounts against Roundup safety. This may influence ongoing litigation and force new settlements.

The key takeaways are:

  • The Roundup settlement fund is still paying claims to NHL victims
  • Court appeals continue over previous major plaintiff verdicts
  • Some plaintiffs are pursuing trials despite the settlement
  • Ongoing scientific research and regulatory actions will impact safety views
  • Future plaintiff victories could force additional Bayer/Monsanto settlements

Consult a Roundup attorney to understand your legal options if you developed cancer after using the weed killer. Act now to hold Monsanto accountable and receive the maximum compensation you may deserve.

The Future of Roundup Lawsuits

Despite the major $10 billion settlement in 2020, the litigation against Monsanto over Roundup weed killers is far from over.

Legal experts predict thousands of new plaintiffs will continue filing lawsuits alleging Roundup exposure caused their cancer.

New 2021 Study Strengthens Cancer Link

A new 2021 study in the International Journal of Epidemiology adds evidence supporting the cancer risks of glyphosate-based herbicides like Roundup:

  • Study followed over 54,000 agriculture workers for 2 decades
  • Found links between glyphosate use and higher cancer rates:

Cancer Type

Increased Risk

Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

41% more likely

Myeloma

28% more likely

Leukemia

45% more likely

This large epidemiological study controlled for other factors like smoking and found significant cancer risk increases from glyphosate exposure.

The researchers concluded the findings "strengthen the evidence of a link between glyphosate exposure and risk of NHL."

$10 Billion Settlement Fund May Be Depleted

Legal experts predict the current $10.9 billion settlement fund may not be enough to compensate all expected victims:

  • 95,000 claims already filed against the settlement
  • Up to 60,000 future claims expected
  • Average payout around $165,000 per claimant
  • Fund may run out with more claims than expected

If the fund is exhausted, Monsanto may need to agree to add more money to the settlement pot. Otherwise, plaintiffs may be forced to take their cases to trial.

Time Is Limited to File a Roundup Claim

People who developed Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma after spraying Roundup have only a limited window left to pursue legal action:

  • The settlement program ends in 2023
  • State statutes of limitations restrict new filings
  • Monsanto will likely not settle other cases

Once the settlement closes, it will become much harder to bring a Roundup lawsuit against Bayer/Monsanto.

Contact a qualified Roundup attorney immediately to protect your right to file a claim. An lawyer can help collect your exposure history and medical records necessary to build the strongest possible case against the company.


Do not wait to hold Monsanto accountable if you sprayed Roundup and developed NHL. Time is running out on options to receive a payout for your cancer diagnosis.

Conclusion

The key takeaways on the future of Roundup litigation are:

  • New research continues to link glyphosate to cancer
  • Settlement fund may not fully compensate all victims
  • Limited time remains to file a lawsuit or claim
  • Contact a Roundup attorney now to protect your rights

Speak to a lawyer today if you have Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma and used Roundup herbicides. Receive a free case assessment to fully understand your legal options against Monsanto. Do not wait - act now before it becomes too late.

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