ST. LOUIS — Consumers are suing the makers and distributor of Roundup, citing alleged design defects and failure to warn users of its harmful effects.
James Martin III; Debbie Allen; Oscar Barnes; Ronald Blanton; Robert Bordwine; et al. filed a complaint in the St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court against Monsanto Co., alleging the defendant failed its duty to properly test, develop, design, manufacture, inspect, package, label, market, promote, sell, distribute, maintain supply, provide proper warnings and take the necessary steps to ensure that its Roundup products did not cause users harm.
According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege they suffered injuries from exposure to Roundup because the product contains the active ingredient glyphosate and the surfactant polyethoxylated tallow amine, which are dangerous to human health. Despite the danger, Monsanto marketed Roundup in 115 countries within a few years of its launch. As a result, Roundup users claim they developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
The plaintiffs hold Monsanto responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to investigate, study, test or promote the safety or to minimize the dangers to users and consumers of its product, failed to exercise reasonable care to warn of the dangerous risks associated with use and exposure to the product and wrongfully concealed information concerning the dangerous nature of Roundup.
The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment for compensatory and exemplary damages, costs, attorneys' fees, court costs and other litigation expenses and other relief the court deems just and proper. They are represented by Mark R. Niemeyer and Michael S. Kruse of Niemeyer, Grebel & Kruse LLC in St. Louis.
St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court case number 1722-CC10879