In Los Angeles, California a jury has awarded a 73 year old woman $13 million for contracting mesothelioma from Colgate’s Cashmere Bouquet talcum powder. The verdict includes $1.4 million for the plaintiff’s husband. This case could hold substantial impact as it may open asbestos litigation to consumers, wherein asbestos-related cases to this point have involved workers who have contracted asbestos-related diseases from working with the carcinogenic substance.
The jury found the company negligent for failing to warn consumers of the substantial danger of the product and negligent for the design, manufacture and sale of the product. Talc does not typically contain asbestos. However, some talc has reportedly been extracted from mine deposits contaminated with asbestos.
The defendant in the case, Colgate, has announced disappointment with the verdict. They argued the facts and evidence presented in the case showed no link between their product and the plaintiff’s illness. That being said, Colgate elected to avoid a lengthy appeals process by agreeing to a confidential settlement with the plaintiff.
In related consumer product asbestos information, several years ago the FDA conducted a study of cosmetics containing talc and found no asbestos. However, some studies have demonstrated a possible association between talc powders and ovarian cancer, although a link between the two is not conclusive.
If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos and received a mesothelioma diagnosis, the New Jersey asbestos lawyers at Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler have the knowledge and dedication to fight for the maximum amount of compensation to which you are entitled. For a consultation with one of our experienced New Jersey mesothelioma lawyers call our toll free number 1-800-369-0899 or complete an online contact form. Our office is conveniently located in Philadelphia to serve clients throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania.