A Los Angeles woman was awarded $13 million in her mesothelioma lawsuit after a jury found Colgate—Palmolive Co. 95% responsible for her mesothelioma cancer. Judith Winkel contracted the fatal disease after using the company’s Cashmere Bouquet talcum powder.
While most cases of mesothelioma are related to asbestos exposure in construction and industry-related jobs, several cases of asbestos contamination in makeup and talcum powder have gone to trial. A New Jersey man was recently awarded $1.6 million after contracting mesothelioma from talcum powder.
Mesothelioma is a severe form of cancer that attacks the lungs and the walls of the abdominal cavity. Billions of dollars have been paid to mesothelioma victims from companies found responsible for patients’ asbestos exposure. Though asbestos has been banned in the U.S., many buildings constructed from the 1940s through 1970s still contain the carcinogenic material.