Colgate-Palmolive agrees to settle lawsuit over talcum powder and mesothelioma cancer on the eve of trial

by Eric Pearson

Colgate-Palmolive has agreed to settle a lawsuit linking the company’s talcum powder products to an increased risk of mesothelioma cancer. The lawsuit, filed by a man who was diagnosed with mesothelioma after using baby powder products sold by Colgate-Palmolive, alleged that Cashmere Bouquet, Mennen Baby Powder, and other talc products sold by the company were contaminated with asbestos.

The lawsuit against Colgate-Palmolive was filed by Paul Garcia in May 2017. Garcia alleged that the company knew for years that its talc products were contaminated with asbestos, but failed to warn him or other customers about their risk of developing mesothelioma cancer from using these products.

Court proceedings in Garcia’s lawsuit began in Los Angeles in June 2018, with jury selection scheduled to begin in mid-July. However, before jury selection was to begin, the two parties announced that they had reached a settlement in the lawsuit. Terms of the settlement agreement were not disclosed.

Garcia’s lawsuit against Colgate-Palmolive was not the first to allege that the company’s talcum baby powder products were contaminated with asbestos. In 2015, a California jury awarded $13 million in damages to a woman who alleged that she was diagnosed with mesothelioma as a result of asbestos contamination in the company’s Cashmere Bouquet talcum powder.

Other manufacturers have also faced litigation over allegations of asbestos in their talcum powder brands. Earlier this year, Johnson & Johnson and Imerys Talc America were ordered to pay $117 million in damages to a New Jersey may who was diagnosed with mesothelioma after years of using Johnson’s Baby Powder, Shower to Shower, and other talc powder products produced by these companies.

Lawsuits have also been filed against talcum powder manufacturers alleging that these products are linked to an increased risk of other types of cancer. Johnson & Johnson is facing thousands of lawsuits over the risk of ovarian cancer for women who use the company’s talc brands for feminine hygiene.

Talcum Powder Cancer Lawsuits Filed by HO&P

If you or a loved one were diagnosed with mesothelioma or ovarian cancer after using talcum powder products, you may qualify to file a lawsuit against the companies who sold these products or the companies who mined the talc used to manufacture them. The first step in finding out whether you may qualify to file a lawsuit is to speak with an attorney with the experience in product liability litigation to advise you regarding your legal rights.

The law firm of Heygood, Orr & Pearson are representing dozens of women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using Johnson’s Baby Powder, Shower to Shower, or other talcum powder products sold by Johnson & Johnson. The attorneys at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have achieved verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients totaling hundreds of millions of dollars in cases involving defective consumer products, dangerous drugs, and other legal matters.

For more information about the talcum powder lawsuits filed by Heygood, Orr & Pearson and to find out whether you may qualify to file a case, contact our office by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001. You can also reach us by following this link to our free case evaluation form and answering a few brief questions about your case to get started.

by Eric Pearson

Eric Pearson is a licensed attorney and a partner at HO&P who handles commercial and personal injury lawsuits. Eric has been selected to the Super Lawyers List, a Thomson Reuters publication.