The lawsuits involving the weed killer Roundup, a product created by Monsanto, continue to generate headlines in New Mexico and around the nation. There are now more than 18,000 outstanding product liability lawsuits pending against Bayer, the parent company of Monsanto. Bayer claims the product, which has been around since the 1970s, is safe. However, recent jury verdicts have ruled in favor of the plaintiffs who claimed it caused cancer.

A recent article highlights actions taken by Bayer in an attempt to sway public opinion and persuade people that the product is safe. These efforts allegedly included attempts to discredit journalists and others questioning the safety of Roundup as well as efforts to manipulate search engine results regarding the carcinogenic effects of the product. Roundup contains glyphosate, which evidence suggests may be carcinogenic.

A book was recently published about the possible effects of glyphosate on humans. Evidence points to apparent attempts on the part of Bayer to criticize the book and minimize the impact of its publication on the case against Roundup. The author was a media correspondent and claimed that she was the focus of complaints that were lodged to her editors in an effort to discredit her.

The more than 18,000 pending lawsuits against Bayer are from people suffering from cancer who believe the glyphosate in Roundup contributed to them contracting the disease. A person in New Mexico who believes he or she may have been harmed in some way by the product may wish to seek legal counsel. A legal professional can review the facts of the case and help determine if a product liability lawsuit is a viable option.