As a hopeful plaintiff in a lawsuit, it is important to highlight Bayer’s delayed response to the health concerns associated with Roundup. For nearly five decades, glyphosate-based weed killers like Roundup have raised alarm bells, but Bayer’s announcement to remove glyphosate from residential products in 2023 leaves a lingering question: Has this action come too late for those who have already suffered from exposure?
Back in 1985, an EPA study raised concerns about the potential cancer-causing properties of glyphosate-based weed killers. Although subsequent studies showed tumor development in mice, it was deemed insignificant for humans. It wasn’t until 2015 that the WHO’s IARC classified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic” based on studies linking it Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (also known as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, NHL, or occasionally just lymphoma).
Despite these findings, both the EPA and FDA maintained that Roundup was safe, and manufacturers refused to make changes or provide warning labels. This led to a wave of lawsuits, some resulting in significant settlements like the $10 billion settlement in 2020. While Bayer’s recent decision to remove glyphosate from residential weed killers may prevent future harm and financial losses, the reality is that both the company and consumers still bear the consequences of five decades of exposure.
Recent research has even shown a 40% increased risk of NHL linked to glyphosate, especially when exposed at a young age. In 2021, Bayer proposed a $2 billion plan to settle future litigation, which unfortunately got rejected. As a result, the company now faces potential Supreme Court involvement, alongside thousands of ongoing lawsuits. This indicates the magnitude of Bayer’s legal challenges and underscores the plight of numerous consumers who have been diagnosed with cancer potentially linked to Roundup.
Considering these factors, it becomes evident that Bayer’s decision to alter their weed killer formula may have come too late after 50 years of product use and exposure.
If you believe you have injuries related to Roundup, contact GDS Law Group for a free consultation.