Roughly two years after the World Health Organization declared the active ingredient in Monsanto’s best selling Roundup weed killer to be a “probable human carcinogen,” the fallout continues for the controversial company.
According to a new report in the San Jose Mercury-News, 40 California residents are suing the chemical giant alleging that they developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma from the product.
The news carries special significance because of the timing: recently it was ruled that California can place a cancer warning on Roundup. Unfortunately for these California residents, the warning came a little too late.
Kennedy Jr. Leads Lawsuit Against Monsanto
Robert Kennedy, Jr., the environmental lawyer recently known for questioning the safety of vaccines and their additives, announced the lawsuit at the Revolution for Truth (vaccine-focused) rally in Washington, D.C. on March 31.
According to the Mercury-News report, the complaint was filed in Alameda County Superior Court and seeks compensatory and punitive damages from the defendants, Monsanto Co. and Willbur Ellis LLC, for wrongful death and personal injuries resulting from exposure to the weed killer.
The suit alleges that false data was produced by Monsanto attacking legitimate research which showed the danger of glyphosate. According to a news release from Baum Hedlund (part of the firm involved in the lawsuit), over 700 individual claims have been filed against Monsanto throughout the United States.
A former senior EPA employee worked with the company to suppress further reviews of the potentially damaging effects of glyphosate, recent court documents in the cancer label related lawsuit revealed. Monsanto argues that the weed killer is safe, but mounting evidence suggests that the company has colluded with the EPA for years to suppress independent research.
“Monsanto’s newly released documents expose a culture corrupt enough to shock the company’s most jaded critics,” said Kennedy, Jr., in a statement from the firm according to the Mercury-News report.“Those papers show sociopathic company officials ghostwriting scientific studies to conceal Roundup’s risks from Monsanto’s regulators and customers, including food consumers, farmers and the public. One wonders about the perverse morality that incentivizes executives to lie so easily and to put profits before human life. All humanity will benefit when a jury sees this scheme and gives this behemoth a new set of incentives.”
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