This case began when a woman who used Cashmere Bouquet talcum powder, which was manufactured by Colgate-Palmolive, was diagnosed with the mesothelioma disease. She and her husband sued Colgate-Palmolive based on several legal theories. They claimed that the product was not manufactured correctly, that the talcum powder did not meet consumer expectations and that that Colgate-Palmolive failed to warn users about the dangers of talcum powder. Negligence and a risk-benefit liability claim were also asserted.
The jury found that Colgate-Palmolive was the main defendant responsible and awarded a $13 million verdict in favor of the couple. The verdict included damages for malice. The jury only deliberated for a few hours before finding that Colgate-Palmolive was 95 percent responsible for the pain and suffering of the woman and for other damages.
Sadly, victims often die within two years of the onset of the disease and suffer greatly while they are living with mesothelioma. Asbestos cases against other manufacturers continue across the country.
The use of talcum powder as a cause of the two main lung diseases is a new development. The case has implications for anyone who used talcum powder that was made by Colgate-Palmolive. For more information, contact Philadelphia asbestos lawyers at Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler to get answers to your questions. If you or a loved one thinks they were exposed to asbestos or used Colgate-Palmolive talcum powder, please call 215-569-4000 to discuss your case or complete our online contact form to schedule an appointment. We represent clients across the Philadelphia area and throughout New Jersey.