Studies show Roundup, a popular herbicide used at home and commercially, has been linked to cancer. Thousands of lawsuits are now pending against Monsanto, the agrochemical company that makes the weed killer, and its parent company Bayer. Companies like Monsanto have a responsibility to warn the public about the risks of using their products.
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after being exposed to Roundup or a glyphosate herbicide, you may be entitled to compensation. Galiher DeRobertis & Waxman is a leader in fighting for people injured by defective products and corporate negligence. Our Roundup lawyers can fight for you.
We can help.
Exposure Increases Risk of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
The World Health Organization declared glyphosate herbicide, the active ingredient in Roundup, a probable carcinogen in 2015. Researchers link several lymphatic cancers to the herbicide. A 2019 study reports that heavy glyphosate exposure increases your chance of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma by 41%. Liver disease and the blood cancer leukemia are also associated with exposure to the weed killer.
Cancers Linked to Roundup (glyphosate) Exposure:
- Follicular Lymphoma
- Large B-Cell Lymphoma
- Mantle Cell Lymphoma
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- T-Cell Lymphoma
- Other Cancers
Who is at most risk of Roundup exposure?
Globally, Roundup weed killer is the most widely used weed killer. It is the number one herbicide in American agriculture, with an estimated 270 million to 290 million pounds used each year. Roundup is used both commercially and residentially on large and small properties. In recent years, Monsanto genetically modified corn and soybean crops to withstand frequent heavy treatments of Roundup herbicide. In the latest Pesticide Sales and Usage report, the EPA notes that American farmers almost doubled their glyphosate usage over the previous reporting period.
People using Roundup weed killer for many years or those who regularly spray large amounts have a higher exposure rate. Chances of a cancer diagnosis increase with extensive exposure to the herbicide. People who are at the most risk of Roundup exposure are those who work directly with the weed killer.
People at Risk of Roundup Exposure:
- Applicators who spray Roundup at home
- Farm and crop workers
- Landscapers and groundskeepers
- Workers at farm stands
- Workers at large home improvement stores
- Workers in smaller nurseries and garden centers
Roundup Weed Killer Lawsuits
In July 2018, a judge determined that all federal lawsuits could move forward against Bayer and Monsanto, over concerns that those exposed to Roundup are at risk for developing Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
In three landmark verdicts, juries concluded that Roundup was responsible for the plaintiffs’ non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The most recent occurred in May 2019 for $2 billion (reduced to $87 million). The next two juries delivered verdicts in March 2019 for $80 million (reduced to $25.3 million) and in August 2018 for $289 million (reduced to $78 million). The juries also agreed that Monsanto failed to warn consumers of the known health dangers associated with Roundup weed killer.
How do you fight for the compensation you deserve?
Choose Galiher DeRobertis & Waxman, the law firm protecting the rights of Hawai‘ian families for over 35 years, successfully recovering hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients. We are committed to fighting for people who are injured by Roundup weed killer and restoring victims to the fullest extent possible. Our attorneys will aggressively seek to hold the manufacturer, Monsanto, responsible for placing corporate earnings ahead of your health and safety. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after exposure to Roundup or glyphosate herbicide, you may be entitled to compensation. Call Galiher DeRobertis & Waxman today for a free case review at 1-888-597-1441.
The Galiher law firm works tirelessly to obtain the best results for its clients in every case. Through our many years of practice, however, we understand that every case is unique and any recovery is based on the particular facts of the case at hand. Prior results cannot guarantee the results in future cases.
L. Richard DeRobertis
Partner & Lead Appellate Lawyer
L. Richard DeRobertis joined the firm in 1983 and serves as the lead appellate lawyer in the firm. Rick has helped to preserve and expand the legal rights of Hawai’i workers, mesothelioma victims and consumers, and represents them in court appeals against manufacturers and large corporations.Meet Rick
Born and raised in Hawai'i, Ilana Waxman joined the Galiher team in 2007 and focuses her practice on clients with mesothelioma and other asbestos diseases. She also represents the families of children born with birth defects due to chemical exposures, Hawai'i residents suffering from Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma as a result of Roundup exposure, survivors of childhood sexual abuse, and other catastrophic injury cases.Meet Ilana
Born and raised in Hawaii, Allison Aoki attended Georgetown University in Washington D.C. and Keio University in Tokyo before returning to attend the University of Hawaii for law school. Her practice focuses on representing victims of asbestos disease, pesticide exposure, and other catastrophic injuries. She approaches every case with sensitivity and determination as she works to help local families seek justice.Meet Allison
Alyssa R. Segawa
A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, Alyssa Segawa’s practice concentrates on asbestos litigation, personal injury, product liability, Roundup litigation, appellate and federal practice matters. She has a particular interest in helping victims of mesothelioma seek justice through the legal system as her grandfather passed away from mesothelioma when she was 16.Meet Alyssa
Peter A. Kraus
Partner Peter Kraus focuses on toxic torts, whistleblower qui tam cases and pharmaceutical litigation. He has tried numerous asbestos, benzene exposure, and pharmaceutical cases including many multimillion-dollar verdicts and is an ardent supporter of consumer and victims’ rights.Meet Peter
Christopher L. Johnson
Chris Johnson represents plaintiffs involved in toxic tort and complex civil matters. He focuses on helping victims achieve justice after suffering catastrophic injuries from dangerous products and toxic substances. This includes people dealing with mesothelioma resulting from asbestos exposure.Meet Christopher
About Our Founder
Gary O. Galiher
Gary Galiher, the late founder of Galiher DeRobertis & Waxman, began practicing law in 1977 and started his own law firm the following year when he took on the first mesothelioma case in Hawai’i. We are proud to carry on his legacy, his personal commitment and his willingness to take on big organizations and companies on behalf of our clients.
Our Core Values
We take your case personally and put your needs first. That means you will receive individual attention from our attorneys who work as a team. We leverage our vast experience and resources to ensure you get the best possible results, even if that means going to court. No kou pono drives our resolve — everything we do is on your behalf. And at the end of the day, nothing is more important to us than honesty and integrity.
We fearlessly take on large companies on behalf of locals and win. With over $1 billion in recoveries our track record speaks for itself. For decades, we’ve negotiated substantial settlements, obtained successful verdicts at trial and have been successful at appeal.
No Recovery, No Fee
If there’s no recovery in your case, you will not
have to pay a fee. We handle everything on a
Pesticides Linked to Climate Change, Despite Declining Efficacy
Pesticides are a key contributor to climate change – posing risks to the environment, public health, and food security – while their effectiveness is declining, according to a recent study. Developed by Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA), the study describes a vicious cycle: pesticides add emissions to the air that contribute to climate change, and as temperatures rise, so do the number of pests and insects. More insects encourage agricultural workers to use more pesticides. This problem is further exacerbated by the fact that greenhouse gas emissions from pesticides are understudied and underestimated. The Environmental Impact of Pesticides Producing one kilogram of pesticides requires about 10 times more energy than one kilogram of nitrogen fertilizer, an agriculture chemical with known negative environmental impacts. Meanwhile, some pesticides like sulfuryl fluoride are themselves greenhouse gasses – emitting one ton of sulfuryl fluoride is equivalent to emitting nearly 5,000 tons of CO2. According to researchers, the issue is further complicated by oil and gas companies, which profit from pesticides. Ninety-nine percent of synthetic pesticides are derived from petroleum. Higher Demand, Questionable Efficacy As temperatures rise, crops become less resilient due to heat stress, changing rainfall patterns, and more pests. This leads to...Read More
New Documentary Finds Roundup “Everywhere”
Brian Lilla, an award-winning filmmaker, moved to the Napa Valley wine region to raise his children in a healthy environment. But as he saw Roundup applied vigorously to the vineyards spread throughout the area, he “learned how toxic wine country is.” “I didn’t want to leave Napa because I have children,” Lilla said in an interview with the nonprofit publication Capital & Main. “I didn’t want to run away from the problem. No matter where I go, there’s going to be glyphosate in the food. Yes, it blew my mind to find out how much it’s being used in the vineyards. But I want to make it clear that the vineyards are not the villains, nor are farms.” Lilla’s new film, “Children of the Vine,” explores the role the herbicide Roundup has had on Napa Valley vineyards and the people who work in them and live around them. What Is Roundup? Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, is commonly found in herbicides throughout the world. Although Roundup’s maker, Monsanto, insists the product is safe, the World Health Organization concluded in its 2015 report on glyphosate that this key herbicide ingredient is “probably carcinogenic to humans.” Lawsuits by farmworkers, groundskeepers, and...Read More
Paradise Lost: The Secret Pesticide Danger Looming in Hawai‘i
Pesticides sprayed on genetically modified corn are potentially having a dangerous effect on residents of Hawai‘i. So, why aren’t questions being answered? A storm has been brewing over the last three years in reference to something quite tiny: corn kernels. On one side, companies claim that the plant is a cash crop across Hawai‘i. On the other hand, doctors say that the corn, genetically modified to resist pesticides, is leading to birth defects, and illnesses. It truly isn’t the corn that is at issue. It is the pesticides that are sprayed on the GMO (genetically modified organisms) corn and the severe birth defects and illnesses to which they possibly lead. How do Pesticides Contaminate? According to a detailed study conducted by the Center for Food Safety, in Kauai alone, chemical companies Dow, BASF, Syngenta, and DuPont spray 17 times more restricted-use insecticides per acre than on ordinary cornfields in the US mainland. About 90% of industrial GMO corn grown in the US was originally developed in Hawai‘i, with the island of Kauai hosting the biggest area. When the spraying takes place and the wind is blowing simultaneously, this is how the town becomes contaminated. This phenomenon, known as pesticide drift,...Read More
Media Manipulation Comes Out During Monsanto Roundup Lawsuit
Between growing concern over the safety of glyphosate and allegations of media manipulation, who should the public trust when it comes to understanding the dangers of using Roundup herbicide? As confidential documents were uncovered during discovery in Monsanto Roundup lawsuits, the herbicide maker and its parent company, Bayer, were accused of manipulating the media to portray their corporation in a more favorable light. The deception by Monsanto about Roundup herbicide is worrisome, because while they promote stories that highlight the benefits and safety of the product, one of Monsanto’s own scientists said he would be concerned if someone wanted to test Roundup herbicide. Bayer is facing over 13,000 Monsanto Roundup lawsuits filed by cancer victims, alleging the weed killer caused their illness. The main ingredient in Roundup herbicide is glyphosate, which has been linked to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Media Manipulation During Monsanto Roundup Lawsuit While Monsanto Roundup lawsuits have the company in the spotlight, internal documents were released suggesting manipulation not only of scientists and regulators but also the media. One woman falsely identified herself as a freelance reporter for BBC while attending one of the Monsanto Roundup cancer trials in San Francisco. The woman spent time with other journalists who...Read More
Groundskeeper Awarded $289M Roundup Cancer Verdict
In a groundbreaking trial, a Northern California jury unanimously agrees Monsanto Roundup pesticide was a contributing cause of Bay Area school groundskeeper’s incurable cancer. The award was later reduced to $78 million. CALIFORNIA –– A San Francisco jury has awarded DeWayne Lee Johnson $289 million finding Monsanto liable for contributing to Mr. Johnson’s terminal cancer. Mr. Johnson contracted non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after regularly using the company’s popular Roundup herbicide and a similar product, Ranger Pro. Update: The judge later slashed the punitive damages portion of the award, reducing the total award to $78 million. Mr. Johnson was exposed to Monsanto’s Roundup and Ranger Pro weed killers as a school groundskeeper in the San Francisco Bay Area. He routinely sprayed the school district’s properties with large quantities of the herbicides from a 50-gallon tank attached to a truck. During wind gusts, the weed killer would blowback, covering Mr. Johnson’s face. On one occasion, the hose broke completely dousing Mr. Johnson’s body with Roundup. Two years later, he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. According to court documents, lesions cover as much as 80% of Mr. Johnson’s body. On his bad days, Mr. Johnson is too weak to even speak. His doctors were not sure...Read More
We Can Help
We provide free initial consultations. If you believe you or a loved one has a claim or a potential lawsuit, we are willing to meet with you to evaluate your claim with no obligation on your part. To learn more about your legal rights and options, please contact us to receive a free initial consultation.