On 3 June 2019, Carbone Lawyers filed an action in the Supreme Court of Victoria on behalf of its client Michael Ogliarolo against Monsanto, the manufacturer of Roundup – a popular herbicide that is marketed as weedkiller.
Mr Ogliarolo was a self-employed landscape gardener who regularly used and came into contact with the product.
Mr Ogliarolo was forced to retire in 2015 due to the debilitating effects of his cancer diagnosis in 2011.
A key ingredient in the product, glyphosate, has been found to be carcinogenic, linked to causing various forms of cancer and in particular non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which Mr Ogliarolo, 54 years of age, contracted after extensive and long-term use of the product.
Following similar landmark cases in the United States, Mr Ogliarolo is now seeking damages against the producer, which failed to warn against the risks of using its Roundup products.
Glyphosate is a herbicide that was commercially introduced to the market by Monsanto in the 1970s. The chemical is generally applied to kill broadleaf weeds and grasses, by blocking the proteins required for plant growth. Glyphosate is primarily used in agriculture, but is also widely used in municipal and domestic landscaping and gardening.
Whilst glyphosate is widely produced by many companies, Monsanto’s Roundup product line maintains a large market share in several countries.
In 2015, the World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer concluded that glyphosate is a probable human carcinogen; that is, a substance capable of causing cancer in living tissue, such as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Other studies have demonstrated that Roundup, which contains glyphosate and other ingredients, is more harmful than glyphosate alone.
Whilst Monsanto claims that Roundup is safe for human use, the Statement of Claim filed by Carbone Lawyers on behalf of Mr Ogliarolo provides that Roundup products are dangerous to human health and are unfit to be marketed and sold in commerce, particularly without proper warning and directions as to the dangers associated with their use.
Studies have shown that the widely used herbicide is associated with antibiotic resistance and hormone disruption, suggesting that glyphosate is dangerous and, ultimately, capable of causing harm to human health.
If you believe that you have been exposed to glyphosate-based products, such as Roundup, over an extended period of time and are displaying symptoms of ill-health, please consult your medical practitioner for an urgent examination. You should then contact the team at Carbone Lawyers by filling out our enquiry form below, or alternatively, contacting us on 1800 369 888 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. A member of our team will then be in touch with you shortly.