Jacksonville widow suing Roundup manufacturer: ‘It's their fault'

A Jacksonville widow suing the manufacturer of Roundup weed killer said she wants the company to take the product off store shelves.

Action News Jax first told you about her case last week, the latest in a string of lawsuits linking the product to cancer.

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Now Judy Rogers is speaking about her lawsuit for the first time.

Every time she walks out her front door, she has to look at the lawn where her husband regularly used Roundup.

She said Joseph Rogers, Sr. used Roundup for about 40 years before he got sick.

“He cut the grass no less than two times a week. And every time he saw weeds out on our pavers or wherever, he went and got the Roundup,” said Judy Rogers.


Joseph Rogers died from Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma two weeks before they were supposed to take a cruise to Spain to celebrate their 47th wedding anniversary.

Judy Rogers said her husband died believing Roundup was to blame.

“It’s their fault for my husband not being here at this time,” she said.

Rogers’ attorney Chris Shakib from Terrell Hogan filed the lawsuit earlier this month.

The Bayer Company acquired Roundup’s manufacturer Monsanto Company last year.

Reuters reports Bayer plans to argue that a $2 billion jury award last week -- and thousands of other lawsuits claiming Roundup causes cancer -- should be tossed out.

The company said studies show the active ingredient, glyphosate, is safe.

According to a recent study, 250 million pounds of glyphosate are sprayed on crops and lawns every year.

STORY: Jacksonville widow sues manufacturer of Roundup weed killer

Judy Rogers said her husband’s death proved glyphosate is not safe.

“We talked all the time, you know? If something was bothering me or I had a problem, I would call him and we’d talk about it. And I still, to this day, start to pick up the phone and call him,” she said.

While she waits to see how her lawsuit plays out in court, she said life without her husband is like living in a different world.

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