EAST ST. LOUIS – A St. Clair County man alleges exposure to an herbicide caused him injuries.
Douglas Harris filed a complaint on July 20 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois against Monsanto Co. and John Does 1-50 alleging strict product liability and other counts.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that as a result of using and exposure to the defendant's Roundup, he was caused to suffer severe and personal injuries that are permanent and lasting in nature, physical pain and mental anguish, and diminished enjoyment of life. The plaintiff holds Monsanto Co. and John Does 1-50 responsible because the defendants allegedly designed, developed, manufactured, distributed, and/or sold herbicide Roundup and failed to appropriately and adequately test it and failed to provide proper warnings and directions. As a result, he claims he developed non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2011 because of the ingredients in Roundup.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks compensatory damages in excess of the jurisdictional amount, pre- and post-judgment interest, attorneys’ fees, costs and such other and further relief as the court deems just and proper. He is represented by John Backes Prior, Brian H. Eldridge and Kyle Pozan of Hart McLaughlin & Eldridge LLC in Chicago.
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois case number 16-C-823