Garry Marchman Sues Monsanto Alleging Roundup Exposure Made Him Sick

by | Jul 19, 2017 | Breaking News, Business, County News, Cullman, Get Smart, Public Safety

Garry Marchman is suing the giant corporation known as Monsanto Company.

Marchman filed a complaint July 11 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri against the American multinational agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation.

His complaint cites allegations of design defects and failures to warn users of Roundup’s harmful effects.

Roundup is a Monsanto branded product containing is Glyphosate (N-(phosphonomethyl)glycine). This is a broad-spectrum, systemic herbicide and crop desiccant. It is an organophosphorus compound, specifically a phosphonate.

Roundup is used to kill weeds, especially annual broadleaf weeds and grasses that compete with crops.

The chemical compound was discovered to be an herbicide by Monsanto chemist John E. Franz in 1970.

Monsanto brought Roundup to market in 1974; Monsanto’s last commercially relevant United States patent expired in 2000.

Marchman’s complaint more specifically alleges that the defendant (Monsanto):

• Failed its duty to test properly, develop, design, manufacture, inspect, package, label, market, promote, sell, distribute, maintain supply, provide proper warnings for Roundup.

• Failed to take the necessary steps to ensure that its Roundup products did not cause users harm.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff (Marchman) alleges he suffered injuries from exposure to Roundup. This conclusion is drawn from the product containing the active ingredient glyphosate and the surfactant polyethoxylated tallow amine, which are dangerous to human health.

Garry Marchman claims he developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma due to exposure to Roundup.

The public documents show that Marchman holds Monsanto responsible because they allegedly failed to investigate, study, test or promote the safety or to minimize the dangers to users and consumers of its product. Also, they failed in exercising reasonable care to warn of the dangerous risks associated with use according to the complaint. Finally, exposure to the product and wrongfully concealed information concerning the dangerous nature of Roundup are part of the litigation.

Marchman is requesting a jury trial and seeks a judgment for compensatory and economic damages, pre- and post-judgment interest, attorneys’ fees, costs of proceedings and other relief as the court deems just and proper.

He is represented by Jacob A. Flint of Flint Law Firm LLC in Edwardsville, Illinois, as well as Aimee H. Wagstaff and David J. Wool of Andrus Wagstaff PC in Lakewood, Colorado.

Garry Marchman is the current Associate Commissioner on the Cullman County Commission representing Place 2.

Commissioner was forced to take a leave of absence from the Cullman County Commission for medical reasons in 2015:

Garry Marchman Next Up For Liver Transplant

This information was first publicly reported by the St, Louis Record Tuesday afternoon. 

reference: U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri case number 4:17-cv-01950

images by Cullman Today

St. Louis, Missouri

Garry Marchman Sues Monsanto Alleging Roundup Exposure Made Him Sick

Staff Writers

The staff writers at Cullman Today are a collaborative group of citizen reporters sharing the writing of stories based upon their personal interests and work schedules.