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New Nebraska Monsanto Roundup Lawsuit Filed

A man filed a state Roundup lawsuit in Nebraska, where the defendant Monsanto is headquartered.

Friday, December 9, 2016 - A new Monsanto Roundup cancer lawsuit was recently filed in Nebraska, in which the plaintiff claimed that Monsanto was responsible for his diagnosis and struggles with cancer that he believes stemmed from the popular weed killer. The plaintiff, Daniel Kowal, claims that his large B-cell lymphoma developed as a result of his exposure to Roundup, which includes active ingredients that have been linked to cancer.

According to a U.S. Geological Survey, upwards of 2.6 billion gallons of pesticides have been used in America in the last 20 years. The figure is a significant one as many of these pesticides may contain glyphosate, one of the main active ingredients associated with cancer development. The International Agency for Cancer Research determined in 2015 that glyphosate was a likely carcinogen, which prompted a number of Roundup cancer lawsuits to be filed.

In addition to the International Agency for Cancer Research, both the Department of Justice and the FDA have conducted investigations into the carcinogenic properties associated with Monsanto's Roundup products. There have also been a number of studies published over the years pointing out glyphosate's effects on cells and how it damages or mutates them in a way that promotes the development of cancer.

The Monsanto Roundup cancer lawsuits claim that alternative choices may have been used if the company could have warned consumers that their products were dangerous. No such warning was issued however, which was especially troubling given the evidence in support of glyphosate as a carcinogen goes back to the early 2000s. There is even evidence in the Roundup cancer lawsuits that peer reviews for glyphosate original classification were met with pause, with one of the reviewers refusing to sign off on the conclusions made by the committee that approved glyphosate.

The Roundup lawsuit filed by Mr. Kowal was done at the state level in Nebraska, though most of the claims against Monsanto have been federal. Monsanto is headquartered in Nebraska, which allowed Mr. Kowal's suit to be filed at the state level. Monsanto is a massive worldwide company however, so a good portion of the Roundup lawsuits filed against the company in the U.S. will take place in a federal court.

Roundup cancer lawyers representing plaintiffs in the federal lawsuits are currently pursuing those cases in multidistrict litigation, as the claims were transferred in early October to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. At the time of the transfer, Monsanto was named the defendant of a federal Roundup cancer lawsuit in 37 claims stemming from 21 districts. Monsanto did not want the federal litigation centralized, claiming that the common questions of fact were too wide-ranging for the proceedings to necessitate an MDL.

Mr. Kowal and the Monsanto Roundup attorneys that will be representing plaintiffs like him will be looking to recover damages caused by the cancer diagnosis they believe stemmed from Roundup. The litigation for these lawsuits is still in its early stages for most of the claims filed thus far, though the consolidation of the federal suits should accelerate the pass at which the proceedings move from here on out.

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