Back in November 2014 we wrote a couple of articles about the relatively little known fact that one’s past use of beauty or cosmetic products that had asbestos-contaminated talc can cause mesothelioma many years later. We pointed out that asbestos-contaminated talc is found in many personal-use products — cosmetics, body powder, baby powder, and the talc used by barbers.
To learn more about talcum powder exposure causing mesothelioma, you can read those two articles:
Now we want to let you know about a recent mesothelioma lawsuit verdict in California concerning a woman’s use of asbestos-contaminated talc product, Cashmere Bouquet talcum powder manufactured by Colgate-Palmolive Co.
From this April 29, 2015 news report, “Woman awarded $13 million from Colgate-Palmolive for asbestos exposure from talcum powder”, we get this information about that legal case:
A Los Angeles jury awarded $13 million to a 73-year-old woman who contracted a deadly disease from using asbestos-containing talcum powder manufactured by Colgate-Palmolive Co.
Jurors deliberated for two hours Tuesday before finding that New York-based Colgate was 95 percent responsible for Judith Winkel’s mesothelioma, a fatal lung disease, according to her lawyers. The verdict included $1.4 million in damages for her husband.
Winkel’s lawyers said she got the rare cancer from using Cashmere Bouquet talcum powder….
Jurors found the company negligent for the design, manufacture or sale of the product and found that it presented a substantial danger that they failed to warn consumers about.
Colgate, which sold Cashmere Bouquet in 1995, said it was disappointed with the verdict….
An appeals court in New Jersey recently affirmed a $1.6 million verdict awarded to a man with mesothelioma who said he got the disease from cosmetic talc.
In Winkel’s case, there will be no appeal. She and Colgate reached a confidential settlement Wednesday before the jury was set to hear evidence to determine punitive damages.
We will continue to watch for other mesothelioma lawsuits and trial verdicts involving asbestos exposure from talcum powder.
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