Lowe’s Home Centers is facing a lawsuit alleging inadequate warning labels on the weed killer product, Roundup. Plaintiff James Weeks claims that Roundup has serious health risks linked to the active ingredient glyphosate, and Lowe’s stores sell the product without warning customers.
James Weeks argues that Lowe’s Home Centers violated California’s Consumer Legal Remedies Act and Unfair Competition Law because it failed to warn customers about the risks of glyphosate. In addition, the company did not provide instructions on how to safely use the herbicide. The only potential side effect listed on Roundup’s packaging is“moderate eye irritation.” Weeks’ asserts that reasonable consumers would not have purchased Roundup had they known that the product may increase the risk of cancer.
This lawsuit also names 100 other companies as defendants, including Home Depot. Weeks alleges that the defendants had access to a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) indicating that Roundup users may be exposed to glyphosate through inhalation and skin contact. Although the companies were aware of the risks, they failed to pass on this information to consumers.
Over 13,000 Roundup lawsuits are pending in US courts, and at least 17 countries have banned or restricted its use. This July, Los Angeles County announced it would stop using glyphosate-based herbicides on county property over fears the product increases the risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
This August, CBS News reported that Bayer offered to settle 18,000 Roundup claims for a total of $8 billion. However, some insiders disputed this report and said there was no such settlement offer. So far, Bayer AG has lost three Roundup lawsuits, and juries have awarded tens of millions to plaintiffs whose cancer was allegedly caused by the herbicide.
Product manufacturers that release dangerous goods onto the market should be held accountable. If you believe you were harmed by a defective product, medical device, or medication, you may be able to pursue fair compensation from the responsible company. Reach out to Laborde Earles to see if you have a case.