Another Roundup Cancer Lawsuit

Former NFL Player Files Litigation Against Makers of Roundup Pesticide

Merril Hoge is a former NFL player and ESPN analyst. Fox News reported on August 1, 2019, that Hoge is one of the individuals suing Monsanto Co., the maker of Roundup. Monsanto has since been taken over by Bayer. Hoge along, with more than 18 thousand others, blame the popular weed killer for their cancers, and are demanding monetary compensation.

Hoge, who is now 54, played for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Chicago Bears before retiring in 1995. He was an NFL analyst for ESPN until 2017. In 2003, Hoge received a diagnosis of Non-Hodgkin-Lymphoma. After chemotherapy, Hoge’s cancer went into remission, and he has been well ever since.

Farming Led to Roundup Exposure

Hoge’s exposure to Roundup took place during the late 1970s, approximately 26 years before his cancer diagnosis. He filed his lawsuit in May 2019 in the US District Court in Idaho. Fox News reported that the lawsuit states, Hoge “has incurred significant economic and non-economic damages due to the exposure to Roundup while working on a farm in his native Idaho, where he regularly mixed and sprayed the pesticide.”

Hoge’s attorney told USA Today that “Merril has a long history of working on farms and being around Roundup He either mixed it or sprayed it, if not on a daily basis, at least a weekly basis. He never thought anything about it.”

That changed when Hoge began to research various studies calling into question the safety of Roundup and its ingredient glyphosate. Hoge told CBS News that it was doctors who initially asked him if he had been around pesticides or weed killers. He began to put some pieces together. Hoge began to realize the extent of his exposure to Roundup; with no gloves, mask, or warnings as to its potential dangers.

Bayer Stands Its Ground Claiming Roundup is Safe

Bayer acquired Monsanto in 2018 along with all of the Roundup litigation against the chemical giant. In addition to the more than 18,000 roundup cases pending in US courts, 5 Canadian Roundup cases are seeking class-action certification. Bayer, in a statement to Fox News, maintains the position that glyphosate, the controversial Roundup ingredient does not cause cancer. Bayer said, “We have great sympathy for an individual with cancer, but the extensive body of science on glyphosate-based herbicides over four decades supports the conclusion that Roundup does not cause [non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma].”

Juries Award Billions to Roundup Victims

There have been a few trials thus far, and juries have ruled in favor of Roundup cancer victims. Juries have awarded huge sums of money to some plaintiffs who claim Roundup caused their cancer. More of these cases are on court calendars in the coming months.

Sources say that Bayer is considering offering a lump sum to dismiss all pending and future Roundup cancer claims.

Contact Us if You Suffer a Roundup Injury

If you have been diagnosed with cancer and have a history of exposure to Roundup or other chemical herbicides and pesticides, you might be able to file a claim to receive monetary damages. Call Alonso Krangle, LLP, lawyers taking Roundup cases. Call our experienced lawyers at 800-403-6191 today for a free evaluation of your Roundup lawsuit.



Dangerous Medical Devices Often Untested by the FDA

Dangerous Medical Devices – Untested by the FDA – Are No Laughing Matter

Comedian John Oliver tackles a touchy subject – defective medical devices.  The truth is many devices are not “FDA Tested” but instead are “FDA Cleared.”  This is a much easier status to reach, by coming to market with a medical device you claim is “substantially similar” to an existing medical device on the market.

The problem, of course, is when the devices are not tested, and one untested device is similar to another untested device, etc.  While medical devices are important for society, poorly built and designed devices, with no rigorous testing, put us all at risk.

Credit:  John Oliver, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

From DePuy metal hip implants to hernia mesh and surgical mesh, we have clients who have suffered needlessly because of these devices.

If you are one of the 30,000,000+ people with some sort of a medical device implanted in your body, and you suffer any sort of complications, please let us know as soon as possible.

Contact Us Today

At Alonso Krangle LLP, we fight every day for victims of defective medical devices and drugs, victims of dangerous consumer goods, as well as those suffering other personal injuries.  Contact us today at 800-403-6191.


Xeljanz Lawsuits Explained

National Law Review Explains Xeljanz Lawsuits

A National Law Review article posted May 2, 2019, is aptly titled “What Is The Deal With Xeljanz Lawsuits?” Lawsuits involving dangerous drugs can be quite complex. They often include a variety of legal issues, hundreds or thousands of plaintiffs, and a multitude of courts across the country. The article simplifies the answer to the question many people are asking; what is the deal with Xeljanz lawsuits? Why are there so many commercials and news stories about Xeljanz and Xeljanz lawsuits? Let’s take a closer look.

What is Xeljanz?

Xeljanz is a medication made by Pfizer, a large, well-known pharmaceutical company. The active drug in Xeljanz, called Tofacitinib, is used to treat arthritis. It is supposed to work by suppressing enzymes known to cause the inflammation that results in painful symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic, and even ulcerative colitis.

By Taking Xeljanz, You Are Exposed to Some Risks

Like many drugs, Xeljanz has potential side effects. All you need to do is read the label or do a google search to find out what some of the risks are. Headache, diarrhea, skin sores, upper respiratory tract infections are some of the potential complications from taking Xeljanz. Because the drug works in part by suppressing your immune system, it exposes patients to the risk of infections in general, including fatal ones.

However, as the law review article states, “one of the side effects not specifically warned about is blood clots.” This fact is at the heart of the controversy and legal actions surrounding Xeljanz. The lawsuits allege that Pfizer knew the drug was dangerous and failed to warn the public. Recently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new safety warning regarding Xeljanz in specific doses, and that it can increase the risk of pulmonary blood clots and death.

Who Can File A Xeljanz Lawsuit?

Does this mean that everyone who has taken Xeljanz can file a lawsuit against Pfizer? Not necessarily. Based on the early stages of current litigation, you generally need to show that:

  • You were being treated with Xeljanz or Xeljanz XR
  • You were taking 10 mg of Xeljanz or Xeljanz XR twice daily
  • You had a Pulmonary embolism (PE), Pulmonary thrombosis (PT), Deep vein thrombosis (DVT), stroke, or similar blood clot injury.

Ask a Xeljanz Attorney

You might want to speak to a Xeljanz attorney who can help you find out if you qualify for a lawsuit. A Xeljanz lawyer can help you retrieve your medical records and investigate any side-effects you have experienced. Once your lawyer finds the facts, you can make an informed decision as to whether you want to proceed with the pursuit of a Xeljanz claim.

How Much Time Do You Have?

All states have statutes of limitations that determine how much time you have to file a claim in dangerous drug cases. Don’t wait to find out if you qualify for a Xeljanz lawsuit. If you receive Xeljanz for the treatment of your arthritis, find out now if you can collect damages from Pfizer.

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Contact Alonso Krangle, LLP to find out if you qualify for a Xeljanz lawsuit. You can reach our lawyers with experience handling dangerous drug lawsuits at [phone_num].