When a major company markets or sells an unsafe product, many people who either make or use their product can end up suffering. Thanks to product liability and safety laws, consumers hurt or sickened by defective or contaminated products have the right to take legal action against the company responsible for their injury or illness. Workers sickened or injured by unsafe working conditions also have legal rights.
In some cases, such as talc powder contamination, groups of consumers with similar medical consequences after using the same product band together to take legal action as a group. Groups of employees can also work together to take action against a company.
These mass torts can help defray some of the costs involved in individual litigation. They can also help show the consistent negative consequences from consumer to consumer. In the near future, there may very well be mass torts brought against Monsanto regarding their chemical weed killer known as Roundup. The outcome of a current case could impact the likelihood of success of such mass torts.
Current case in San Francisco considered a bellwether case
Last year, Monsanto suffered its first major court loss related to Roundup. This chemical herbicide, also called glyphosphate, created and marketed by Monsanto has been linked in some research to certain kinds of cancer. Specifically, glyphosphate exposure seems to substantially increase the risk of Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
A California groundskeeper last year received a 9-figure settlement from a jury in a Roundup lawsuit. The judge later reduced the total award to less than 100 million dollars. Monsanto intends to appeal the verdict. However, they have another ongoing case in California related to similar claims.
This case also involves an older adult male who has a diagnosis of Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He believes his diagnosis relates to his use of Roundup on his property in Sonoma County over the course of several decades. His attorney will present evidence and build a case that could impact future cases related to Roundup and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
How the jury and judge handle this case could very well affect future cases involving the compound. A successful lawsuit could lead to mass torts against Monsanto regarding glyphosphate exposure and Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in the future.
Taking part in a mass tort could benefit you and your loved ones
Receiving a diagnosis of a serious form of cancer is terrifying. Thankfully, if the cancer relates to carcinogen exposure via consumer products or your workplace, you may have legal grounds to take action.
If many people suffer the same severe side effects that you did, working together to bring a single legal action against the company responsible can be empowering and effective. The compensation you could potentially secure can help you cover medical expenses and other costs of living for yourself and your family.