A verdict that was rendered in April of last year by a jury in a Los Angeles Superior Court could have repercussions that are felt on a wide scale for any current or potential mesothelioma plaintiffs.
In the case, the court determined that Colgate-Palmolive had a 95% liability in the $13 million asbestos verdict that the jury handed down.
The plaintiff in the case, Judith Winkel, regularly used Colgate-Palmolive’s product, Cashmere Bouquet talcum powder. In January of last year, Winkel was diagnosed with asbestosis mesothelioma, a fatal lung disease that takes a long period of time to manifest and once it is diagnosed, will claim the life of those diagnosed with the disease within 2 years.
Winkel’s complaint alleged that the company should have been aware of the dangers of asbestos from as early as the 1930s but failed to alert the public of those potential dangers.
The jury took two hours before reaching a unanimous verdict awarding the plaintiff and her husband John with $13 million. There were five counts that were awarded in the verdict: consumer expectations, risk-benefit, manufacturing defect, failure to warn and negligence. The jury also found that Colgate-Palmolive acted with malice.
No one should have to suffer because of using any product that is on the market. It is unconscionable that a company would know of potential dangers and say nothing. When it happens to you or someone you love, that’s the time to consider becoming part of a class action lawsuit.
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or ovarian cancer due to the use of talcum powder, contact the law offices of John Foy & Associates. John Foy is committed to helping those who have been injured through the negligence of manufacturers. Contact us today at (404) 400-4000 for a free consultation and find out how we can help.