Unless you have been living on Mars, you have probably seen the TV ads from law firms seeking cancer patients who have used the ubiquitous herbicide brand Roundup.
Three recent high-profile cases in California have brought verdicts against Roundup’s maker, Monsanto, one with a jury award of $2 billion, later reduced to $86.7 million. To date, more than 18,000 plaintiffs are suing Monsanto in state and federal courts alleging Roundup-related cancers.
Monsanto insists Roundup is not carcinogenic, says it has no plans to pull it from the market and is appealing the verdicts. “It’s clear these products are safe when used as directed,” said Rakesh Kilaru, a Washington attorney for Monsanto.