Dicamba Cancer Lawsuit
Researchers from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have made a startling discovery: the widely used weed killer dicamba increases the risk of liver cancer and bile duct cancer. The finding demonstrates the recklessness of dicamba manufacturers like Monsanto (Bayer), BASF, Syngenta, and Corveta, among others for failing to inform consumers about the dicamba cancer risk.
Wisner Baum is one of the nation’s leading law firms representing individuals in dicamba lawsuits. Our firm’s experience in litigation against companies like Bayer includes billions in jury verdicts. These historic trial victories paved the way for publicly announced settlements for thousands of plaintiffs in the Monsanto Roundup litigation worth approximately $11 billion.
“Bayer and other major agrichemical companies are hoping that dicamba will help turn the page on Roundup and glyphosate,” says attorney R. Brent Wisner, who secured two major jury trial victories against Bayer worth a combined $2.3 billion. “But the science behind dicamba is clear: Bayer’s cancer problem is far from over.”
If you or a family member used dicamba and were later diagnosed with liver cancer or bile duct cancer, you may be eligible to pursue justice and compensation in a lawsuit against the dicamba product manufacturer. To see if you qualify for a dicamba cancer lawsuit, please fill out our case evaluation form below.
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What is Dicamba?
First registered for use in 1967, dicamba (3,6-dichloro-2-methoxybenzoic acid) is an herbicide in the chlorophenoxy family of chemicals that selectively kills broadleaf (non-grass) weeds. Dicamba refers to an herbicide’s main ingredient name, not a brand name. Just as glyphosate is the main ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup weed killer, dicamba is the main ingredient in many brand-name herbicides consumers see on store shelves. In the United States, for example, more than 1,100 products contain dicamba, according to the National Pesticide Information Center.
Though dicamba use has fluctuated over the years, it is among the top twenty most used herbicides in agriculture and among the top ten most commonly used residentially.
Common Dicamba Products
- Xtend/XtendiMax (Monsanto/Bayer)
- Engenia (BASF)
- Dianat (BASF)
- FeXapan (Corteva)
- Tavium (Syngenta)
- Vanquish (Syngenta)
- Banvel (Micro Flo)
- Diablo (Nufarm)
- Oracle (Gharda Chemicals)
How Does Dicamba Work?
Dicamba works similarly to 2,4D, another herbicide, in that both act as an auxin agonist. Auxins are natural plant hormones that control growth. Broadleaf (non-grass) weeds like dandelions, clover, chickweed, and ground ivy treated with dicamba grow in uncontrollable and abnormal ways, causing the treated plant to die.
The herbicide is capable of damaging or killing fruiting vegetables, fruit trees, grapes, beans, peas, potatoes, tobacco, flowers, and ornamental plants. It can also damage or kill many species of large trees, including oaks, elms, and maples.
What is Dicamba Used for?
Dicamba is used for post-emergent weed control on a variety of agricultural crops, fallow land, pastures, turfgrass, and rangeland. Dicamba is also registered for non-agricultural uses in residential areas and other sites, including roadways, fences, and golf courses. In fact, dicamba is more likely to be used by residential applicators who use little to no protective gear when compared with agricultural applicators who are more likely to use protective equipment during application. However, due to dicamba’s ability to drift well after exposure, wearing protective gear while spraying it is no barrier to exposure.