Los Angeles, California
The widow of a Vietnam war hero and prominent farmer from Cambria, California, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Monsanto, alleging the company purposely downplayed the cancer risk from exposure to Roundup, a Monsanto herbicide containing glyphosate. Teri McCall claims Roundup caused her husband, Jack McCall, to develop terminal cancer.
Attorneys Michael Baum and Brent Wisner of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, and Robert Kennedy, Jr. of Kennedy & Madonna, filed the Monsanto lawsuit on Wednesday in federal court in Los Angeles on behalf of Jack McCall’s widow, Teri McCall. The case number is 2:16-cv-01609.
The lawsuit, which seeks wrongful death and punitive damages, alleges that the Monsanto Company, based in St. Louis, Missouri, failed to adequately warn farmers that its blockbuster herbicide, Roundup, causes cancer. The Monsanto lawsuit also alleges that the agro-chemical giant designed a dangerous and defective product, committed gross negligence in the creation and promotion of Roundup, and defrauded millions of farmers, including Jack McCall, about the safety of the herbicide.
Roundup® [glyphosate] has been used as an all-purpose weed killer by farmers and agricultural workers since 1974. Discovery of glyphosate by Monsanto scientists came just before the multinational agrochemical corporation’s blockbuster pesticide dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT)—a mainstay in American agriculture for many decades—was shown to be toxic to humans and banned in the U.S.
After using Roundup on his farm for nearly 30 years, in September 2015, Jack McCall was admitted to a hospital to treat swollen lymph nodes in his neck. That same day, he learned that the swelling was being caused by anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), a rare and aggressive version of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. No one on his farm knew that Roundup was a carcinogen since, according to the lawsuit, Monsanto had told farmers for decades that Roundup was non-toxic to humans.
After being diagnosed with cancer and learning of the link between Roundup and cancer, he stopped using the carcinogen on his farm. But, by then, it was too late. Three months after being diagnosed with cancer, while undergoing significant and painful cancer treatments, on Christmas Eve 2015, Jack McCall suffered a severe stroke due to complications with his cancer treatment. Jack McCall lost his battle with cancer on December 26, 2015.