May 4, 2021 — Syngenta and Chevron are facing at least 62 lawsuits from people who blame exposure to the herbicide Paraquat for their diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease.
Paraquat is a weed-and-grass killer that has been widely used on farms in the U.S. since 1962. The use of Paraquat has become more popular due to declining use of Roundup® weed-killer, as well as “super-weeds” that are evolving resistance to Roundup.
In recent months, dozens of Paraquat lawsuits have been filed by farmers and farm-workers who developed Parkinson’s disease after being exposed to Paraquat.
These lawsuits accuse Chevron and Syngenta of failing to warn consumers about the link between Paraquat and Parkinson’s disease, despite studies showing that symptoms of Parkinson’s may develop after routinely mixing, spraying, or touching Paraquat.
Lawyers are now seeking to consolidate the lawsuits into a Multi-District Litigation (MDL) at the federal level. On April 29, Syngenta and Chevron both said they do not oppose centralizing the lawsuits.
One of the lawsuits was filed by Stanley C., a farmer in Indiana who was exposed to Paraquat from the late 1970s to 2007. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2016 at the age of 65. His lawsuit states:
“”From the late 1970s, plaintiff was repeatedly exposed to and inhaled, ingested and absorbed paraquat while he was mixing, loading and spraying defendants’ paraquat products and while he was in fields after they were sprayed.”
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