MIAMI – A Sebring man alleges that his use of an herbicide caused an illness.

Litton M. Walker Jr. filed a complaint on Sept. 22 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against Monsanto Co. alleging design defect, failure to warn and negligence.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that he used to run palm tree nursery and a blueberry farm and regularly used Roundup to control weeds for several years. He claims on Jan. 23, 2006, he was diagnosed with large B-cell lymphoma, which he believes was directly caused by defendant's Roundup's glyphosate ingredient. 

The plaintiff holds Monsanto Co. responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to undertake sufficient studies and conduct necessary tests to determine whether or not products and glyphosate-containing products were safe for use, failed to design and manufacture products so as to ensure safety and effectiveness, and failed to disclose to consumers that the use of and exposure its product presented severe risks of cancer and other grave illnesses.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment in his favor, damages, costs, attorneys’ fees, court costs, litigation expenses and other relief the court may deem just. He is represented by John F. Romano and Jeffrey V. Mansell of Romano Law Group in West Palm Beach, Robin L. Greenwald and Maja Lukic of Weitz & Luxenberg PC in New York and Hunter W. Lundy, Matthew E. Lundy and Kristie M. Hightower of Lundy, Lundy, Soileau & South LLP in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida Case number 2:16-cv-14414

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