There have been three Roundup trials alleging that exposure to Monsanto's weedkiller Roundup caused non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a rare and incurable form of cancer. All of these trials occurred in California. The first verdict resulted in a $289 million verdict for the plaintiff; the second resulted in an $80 million verdict; and the third resulted in a $2 billion verdict.
The fourth Roundup trial was slated to begin in St. Louis, Missouri. However, hours before the trial was set to begin, the parties placed the case on hold, with Bayer, the owner of Monsanto, announcing that the company was working with a mediator to potentially settle at least 42,000 similar lawsuits in a federal multidistrict litigation.
The company released a statement as follows: "The continuance is intended to provide room for the parties to continue the mediation process in good faith under the auspices of Ken Feinberg, and avoid the distractions that can arise from trials. While Bayer is constructively engaged in the mediation process, there is no comprehensive agreement at this time. There also is no certainty or timetable for a comprehensive resolution." Previously, Ken Feinberg, the mediator, told Bloomberg that he was "cautiously optimistic" that Bayer was close to reaching a settlement with the plaintiffs, and cautioned that the number of cases could reach as high as 75,000 or 85,000.
Turnbull, Cain & Holcomb is currently representing clients who developed cancer as a result of exposure to Roundup, including cases in the federal multidistrict litigation and cases filed in St. Louis County, Missouri. If you have been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma as a result of exposure to Roundup, please contact Turnbull, Cain & Holcomb at (404) 793-2566.