Estate claims Monsanto's Roundup contains dangerous chemicals

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Dec 12, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — A personal representative of the estate of Raymond Subers, deceased, is suing a manufacturing company, citing alleged design defect and strict liability.

Jeribeth Subers filed a complaint on Dec. 6 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Monsanto Co., alleging the defendant placed in the stream of commerce Roundup products that were defective and were inherently dangerous and unsafe when used in the manner instructed.

According to the complaint, in May 2003, Raymond Subers began using Roundup to prevent weeds on and around his home and property. Plaintiff claims the product was promoted by defendant as being harmless to humans for over 30 years, going so far as to proclaim the product as being as safe as table salt. 

However, Jeribeth Subers claims the Roundup is not safe as it contains chemical glyphosate that could cause cancer. As a result, Raymond Subers was diagnosed with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma in May 2017 and succumbed to the disease and died on March 25, the suit says.

The plaintiff holds Monsanto Co. responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to investigate, study, test or promote the safety or to minimize the dangers to users and consumers of its product and to those who would foreseeably use or be harmed by Monsanto’s herbicides.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment for damages, pre and post-judgment interest, costs, and any other relief the Court may deem just and proper. She is represented by Brian McCormick and Dena Young of Ross Feller Casey LLP in Philadelphia.

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Case No. is 2:18-cv-05274-CMR.

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