Texas Roundup LawyerSeptember 24, 2015 — Monsanto Co. has been hit with a lawsuit from a former fieldworker in California who blames Roundup for causing him to develop bone cancer.

The lawsuit (PDF) was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California (Case No. 2:15-cv-7426).

The plaintiff, Enrique Rubio, is a resident of Colorado who was exposed to Roundup while working fields in Oregon, California, and Texas during from 1988-1993. As an applicator, Rubio was responsible for spraying Roundup with only a paper face mask for protection.

He was diagnosed with bone cancer in 1995. As a result of his diagnosis, he is out of work and survives on government benefits.

The lawsuit accuses Monsanto of falsely claiming that Roundup is safe for animals, humans, and the environment. According to the complaint:

“Agricultural workers are, once again, victims of corporate greed. … Monsanto assured the public that Roundup was harmless. In order to prove this, Monsanto championed falsified data and attacked legitimate studies that revealed its dangers.”

Concern about the safety of Roundup has been growing. In March 2015, the cancer research agency of the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Roundup a “probable human carcinogen.”

The WHO concluded that the cancers most associated with Roundup include non-Hodgkin lymphoma and other cancers affecting the blood bone marrow, and lymphatic system.

In September 2015, the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal EPA) filed a notice of intent to label Roundup as a known “cancer causing compound.”

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