ST. LOUIS — A former maintenance supervisor and his wife suing herbicide manufacturers and distributors, citing alleged false representation.

James Suding and Cathleen Suding filed a complaint Aug. 24 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri against Monsanto Company and John Does 1-50, alleging they falsely represented that Roundup is safe for humans and the environment.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that during plaintiff James Suding's employment as a maintenance supervisor for a school, he was exposed to Roundup, a herbicide that contains active ingredient glyphosate and surfactant polyethoxylated tallow amine (POEA). As a result, he developed non-Hodgkin 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 that it was dangerous and defective and failed to provide adequate warnings and proper directions about the dangers associated with using it.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek compensatory, punitive and economic damages, pre-judgment and post-judgment interest, attorneys’ fees, costs and such other relief as the court deems 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-02302

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