June 30th, 2020|
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Cory Watson Attorneys, alongside many other plaintiff’s firms, have reached a $10.95 billion settlement with Monsanto on behalf of thousands of Americans who have been diagnosed with cancer after exposure to Roundup, the world’s most popular weed killer.
Cory Watson has filed multiple lawsuits on behalf of plaintiffs against Monsanto, alleging that exposure to their widely used herbicide Roundup was causing Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in farmers, landscapers, maintenance workers, and homeowners.
“It has been a long journey, but we are pleased to have achieved justice for the tens of thousands of people who, through no fault of their own, are suffering from Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma after using a product Monsanto assured them was safe,” said Douglas A. Dellaccio Jr., principal attorney and Complex Litigation Practice Co-Chair at Cory Watson.
For nearly 40 years, farmers around the world used Roundup without knowledge of the dangers posed by its use. Monsanto, the maker of Roundup, has failed to place a warning label on its product informing the consumer that the product contains dangerous agricultural chemicals.
In 2015, the World Health Organization found that glyphosate, the principal “weed killer” component of Roundup, is carcinogenic to humans. Monsanto continues to insist that Roundup is harmless and poses no danger to its users, saying it has no plans to pull the product from the market.
“This $10 billion settlement is the first big step in correcting the forty years of harm caused by glyphosate, and a big win for anyone who may have been exposed to this dangerous chemical and its carcinogenic effects,” said J. Curt Tanner, principal attorney at Cory Watson.
The settlement between Monsanto and plaintiffs is being overseen by court-appointed mediator Kenneth Feinberg, who previously managed compensation funds after September 11 and the explosion of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico.
“Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is a devastating disease, and many of our clients continue to suffer the effects of this cancer,” said R. Andrew Jones, attorney at Cory Watson. “This settlement should help our clients rebuild and move forward in a meaningful way.”
Monsanto faces thousands of lawsuits in federal and state courts over the herbicide. Three cases have gone to trial, with juries returning verdicts of $289 million, $80 million, and $2 billion against Monsanto.
About Cory Watson Attorneys
Cory Watson Attorneys is a nationally recognized personal injury and environmental tort law firm with offices in Birmingham, Alabama; Memphis, and Nashville, Tennessee. The firm has recovered more than $2.7 billion for clients across the country. Cory Watson attorneys are frequently at the forefront of major class actions and multidistrict litigations involving dangerous pharmaceuticals and product liability, and are often appointed to leadership positions in national cases. Firm practice areas include Personal Injury, Product Liability, Class Action, Asbestos, Business & Commercial Litigation, Dangerous Pharmaceuticals, Defective Medical Devices, and Environmental/Toxic Torts.
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