ST. LOUIS — A husband and wife are suing an herbicide maker, citing alleged false and misleading advertising.

Alton McLendon and Beverly McLendon filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri against Monsanto Co. and John Does 1-50, alleging they failed to ensure Roundup will not cause any harm to users.

According to the complaint, the defendants manufacture and distribute Roundup, an herbicide that contains active ingredients glyphosate and surfactant POEA. The plaintiffs allege that as a result of Alton McLendon's exposure to Roundup while spraying fields on his family farm, he sustained developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system. 

The plaintiffs hold Monsanto and John Does 1-50 responsible because the defendants allegedly negligently manufactured and distributed Roundup, with full knowledge of its dangerous side effects and failed to provide adequate warnings and proper directions as to the dangers associated with using it.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek compensatory, punitive and economic damages, pre- and post-judgment interest, attorneys’ fees, costs and such other and further relief that are just and proper. They are represented by Eric D. Holland of Holland Law Firm in St. Louis and Jessica L. Richman of Parker Waichman LLP in Port Washington, New York.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri case number 4:17-cv-02172

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