Talcum powder has long been one of the most trusted and widely-used household products, but recent lawsuits are questioning its safety and accusing talcum powder manufacturers of causing cases of malignant mesothelioma. At issue is whether the product has previously been contaminated with the deadly carcinogenic material asbestos, and whether the manufacturers were aware of this contamination and chose to cover it up.
The talcum powder mesothelioma trials are slated for several locations across the United States, with juries in two states currently hearing testimony. One case is being heard in the state of New Jersey, and involves a consumer using Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder as part of their personal hygiene regimen. The other case is being heard in the state of Florida, where a former employee of a tile company is charging that the industrial products that he was exposed to contained asbestos-contaminated talc. In that case the lawsuit is being filed against a company that provided industrial supplies to the victim’s employer.
Though the talc companies insist that their products were not the cause of victims’ mesothelioma, there have been several cases that have previously been filed and have been won. In a 2016 California case, a jury awarded a mesothelioma victim $18 million for asbestos exposure from talc that was used in a barbershop where his father had worked, while in New Jersey a jury ordered a talc distributor to pay a mesothelioma victim $1.6 million for exposure to Cashmere Bouquet, a powder product that was popular in the 1950s and 1960s. The same company that provided the talc for Cashmere Bouquet was also ordered to pay a Long Island woman $16.5 million in compensation for the damages related to her mesothelioma diagnosis. In addition to victims, investors in the companies that provided talc are also taking action against those companies for the losses they are incurring as a result of the asbestos and mesothelioma lawsuits.
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma and you believe that talc exposure may have been the cause, contact us today to learn more about your rights. We can be reached at 1-800-966-2244.