Countries fluttered to action after the WHO organization labeled glyphosate – the main ingredient in Monsanto’s RoundUp Ready herbicide – to be “probably carcinogenic.”
A German super-store removed it from their shelves, Bermuda banned it from being used on its crops, Colombia decided to protect its valuable coca plants by banning glyphosate as well, and Netherlands nixed the allowance of the toxic compound in its country – all just a glimpse of what is yet to come.
But if Monsanto expects to quietly get away with the environmental and health damage caused by the rampant spraying of glyphosate-containing herbicides marketed to consumers as ‘safe,’ the biotech giant has another reality coming.
Claiming that glyphosate was harmless to humans even though it has been repeatedly been shown to be anything but is called ‘false advertising,’ and the company is now going to pay for it, both financially and in reputation.
A class action lawsuit was put forth by the offices of T. Matthew Phillips in Los Angeles, California accusing the agri-giant of: “The deliberate falsification to conceal the fact that glyphosate is harmful to humans and animals.”
The class action lawsuit (Case No: BC 578 942) was filed in Los Angeles County, California April 22, 2015. It alleges that Monsanto is guilty of false advertising by claiming that glyphosate “targets an enzyme only found in plants and not in humans or animals.” Such statement, in fact, is marked clearly on some of Monsanto’s products sold in California.
For years, Monsanto has claimed that the enzyme in question, EPSP synthase, is found in the microbiota that reside in our intestinal tracts, therefore the enzyme is “found in humans and animals.” But because gut flora is drastically disrupted by glyphosate, Monsanto’s chemicals do indeed affect humans.
The document which will be presented in court contains data that clearly shows a statistically significant increase in tumors in laboratory animals treated with glyphosate. According to one source, Monsanto was only able to make the claim that tumors in rats could not be related to glyphosate because there were not more tumors in rats who were given higher doses.
While a nerve-wracking situation for the biotech company, this is the type of news millions of consumers have been waiting to hear for a long time. Finally Monsanto is being put in its place for its corrupt greed, irreverence for human life and the environment, and pitiful disdain for the legal system which is intended to protect the innocent.
Judgement is sought against Monsanto to prohibit the company from continuing to make claims that glyphosate is safe for humans, as well as for attorney fees.
If you’re a resident of California and seek to get involved, you can become a member of the class in this action by contacting T. Matthew Phillips.
Phillips has indicated that he hopes other attorneys in other states will follow suit.
4/22/2015: Case number was added.
4/23/2015: The lawsuit can be downloaded from http://www.monsantoclassaction.org/
Residents of California can add their names to the class. Plaintiffs are soliciting funds to help cover litigation costs: http://www.gofundme.com/monsantolawsuit
4/25/2015: T. Matthew Phillips will ask the court to compel the Defendant to reimburse donors, with interest.
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