ST. LOUIS — A surviving relative is suing an herbicide maker, citing alleged design defects and failure to warn users of its product's harmful effects.

William Medlin, executor of the estate of Billy Medlin and Zella Medlin, filed a complaint on July 28 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri against Monsanto Company and John Does 1-50, alleging that the defendants failed to properly test, develop, design, manufacture, inspect, package, label, market, promote, sell, distribute, provide proper warnings and take the necessary steps to ensure that its Roundup products did not cause users any harm.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that Billy Medlin and Zella Medlin suffered injuries due to exposure to Roundup while working as farmers. The product allegedly contains the active ingredient glyphosate and polyethoxylated tallow amine, which are allegedly dangerous to human health. The plaintiff claims that the decedents were diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. 

The plaintiff holds the defendants responsible for allegedly failing to investigate, study, test or promote the safety or to minimize the dangers to users and consumers of its product, and for failing to exercise reasonable care to warn customers of the dangerous risks associated with the use and exposure to Roundup.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment for compensatory damages in the amount in excess of $75,000, plus pre- and post-judgment interest, attorneys' fees, costs and such other and further relief as the court deems just. He is represented by Eric D. Holland of Holland Law Firm in St. Louis and Jessica L. Richman of Parker Waichman LLP in Part Washington, N.Y..

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri case number 4:17-cv-02176

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U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
111 S 10th St
St. Louis, MO 63102

The Holland Law Firm - St Louis
300 N Tucker Blvd
St Louis, MO 63101

Monsanto
503 S Maplewood Ave
Williamsburg, IA 52361

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