Colgate-Palmolive settle talc case before jury selection begins

11 Jul 2018 by under Legal

talc bottles powder 100x100 Colgate Palmolive settle talc case before jury selection beginsColgate-Palmolive Co., has reached a settlement agreement on the eve of jury selection in a trial alleging the company’s talcum powders contain asbestos and caused a man to develop , a deadly form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure.

Paul Garcia filed his lawsuit in May 2017, claiming the Colgate-Palmolive products he used, such as Cashmere Bouquet and Mennen Baby Powder, contained asbestos, and that the company knew this but failed to warn consumers. Jury selection was scheduled to begin this week, but the Courtroom View Network announced that Garcia agreed to settle with the company. Details of the settlement have not been made public.

In 2015, Colgate-Palmolive was hit with a $13 million verdict in the case of a 73-year-old woman who claimed she developed mesothelioma after long-term regular use of the company’s talcum powders.

Colgate-Palmolive rival Johnson & Johnson has faced the most lawsuits alleging its talc products contain asbestos and contributed to mesothelioma or ovarian cancer, including a case similar to Garcia’s in which Johnson & Johnson and its talc supplier were hit with verdicts totaling $117 million.

Asbestos is a fibrous mineral that is mined from the earth in close proximity to talc. The microscopic fibers of asbestos are easily inhaled or swallowed and can lead to mesothelioma, a type of cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs or other internal organs. It can take up to 50 years for the disease to present. Once diagnosed, mesothelioma usually proves deadly within 12 to 24 months.

Source: Law360

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