Diamond & Diamond, a Canadian national law firm, is leading a $ 500 million class action lawsuit against several Roundup manufacturers, including the pharmaceutical company Bayer, the owner of Roundup manufacturer Monsanto, CBC.ca reported Thursday.
Roundup is a herbicide that contains glyphosate, a herbicidal chemical commonly used by homeowners to treat lawns.
Many lawsuits have been filed throughout North America alleging that glyphosate can cause health problems, including non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a rare type of cancer that affects the lymphatic system.
In the United States alone, about 42,000 lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturers of Roundup.
Diamond & Diamond calls this class action "the largest in Canada against the makers of Roundup." There are currently more than 60 people named as plaintiffs, but the firm said it believes thousands of people could have been affected.
This year, lawsuits have already been filed against Roundup manufacturers in BC, Quebec, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. This would be the first class action lawsuit in Canada and follows class action lawsuits filed in the US.
Darryl Singer, head of commercial and civil litigation at Diamond & Diamond, said the plaintiffs involved in this class action lawsuit are not only seeking financial compensation, but also what he calls “behavior modification” so that the same will not happen. that will not happen again in the future with other products in Canada.
"If you don't have these lawsuits that force companies like Monsanto to write these big checks, they have no incentive to change the way they do business," Singer said.
Singer said the plaintiffs have also been diagnosed with other forms of cancer, such as brain and lung cancer, and some of their clients are acting on behalf of an inheritance.
"These are not minor injuries," he said. "In the plaintiffs, who live, it is likely that some of them will not see the end of this lawsuit because they will die before that."
Bayer Canada said it will "vigorously defend" its products, according to a statement the company provided to CBC News.
"While we have great sympathy for the plaintiffs, glyphosate-based herbicides are not the cause of their illnesses," the statement said.
“Glyphosate has been extensively studied around the world by scientists and regulators, and the results of this research confirm that it is not carcinogenic. We strongly support the safety of glyphosate-based products and, as a life sciences company, we assure Canadians that their health and the environment are our top priority. "
While in Argentina the largest case presented before the Supreme Court of the Nation in 2012, "today rests on the desk of Judge Carlos Rosenkrantz, while hundreds of affected children parade in the Garrahan Hospital, because in their provinces there are no viable treatments.-
By Graciela Vizcay Gomez, Zero Biocides