St. Louis-Based Onder Law Firm Joins Ben Crump in Federal Lawsuit to Stop Sale of Roundup Weedkiller

Federal lawsuit against St. Louis-based Bayer-Monsanto aims for injunction against glyphosate sales due to cancer risk. 

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(ST. LOUIS, MO) August 31, 2020 – St. Louis-based OnderLaw has joined nationally renowned civil rights and personal injury attorney Ben Crump and the National Black Farmers Association (NBFA) in support of an action filed August 26, 2020 in U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri to prohibit Bayer-Monsanto from continuing to profit from the sale of glyphosate-based Roundup herbicide. Plaintiffs allege that the chemical, which has been banned in Bayer’s home country, Germany, among dozens of other countries worldwide, affects a disproportionate number of Black farmers. 

“Roundup-Monsanto’s plot to force farmers to rely on Roundup is one of the most cynical and destructive business plans in the history of our nation,” OnderLaw attorney Jim Onder says. “Because of economic and educational disparities, Black farmers have been disproportionately trapped into using this dangerous product and they are paying for it with their economic freedom, their health, and in some cases, their lives.”

The claim, Case 4:20-cv-01145-NAB, was filed on behalf of NBFA. It alleges “scientific fraud underlying the marketing and sale of glyphosate/Roundup,” saying, “… Monsanto championed falsified data and attacked legitimate studies that revealed Roundup’s dangers. Monsanto led a prolonged campaign of misinformation to convince government agencies, farmers, and the general public that Roundup was safe.”

Included in the claim are allegations that Monsanto influenced the EPA to allow glyphosate on the market despite its dangers. Executives from two separate laboratories hired to conduct studies were convicted of fraud for falsifying data regarding pesticides and herbicides. Those studies were used to obtain Roundup’s registration with the EPA.

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