Although multiple lawsuits have returned million-dollar awards to the plaintiffs, at least one lawsuit found for the defendant. In that case, according to GlobalTort (7/1/16), the jury found 9-3 in favor of Colgate-Palmolive Co and Imerys Talc America. In this case, however, the lawsuit did not involve ovarian cancer, instead it involved a claim of mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma is linked to asbestos exposure. In the past, talcum powder has contained asbestos fibers, but for decades now has been asbestos free. The plaintiff claimed her mother used talcum powder on her from the time she was born, and she herself used the product until she was a teenager. She was later diagnosed with mesothelioma.
Colgate-Palmolive and Imerys Talc America argued that the plaintiff’s mesothelioma was not caused by talc. Ultimately, a jury agreed with the defendants.
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Meanwhile, as of the end of March, there were more than 1,000 claims filed against talcum powder manufacturers, alleging patients were not adequately warned about the potential risk of ovarian cancer, according to Bloomberg (3/31/16).
People speaking for companies involved in the talc industry say their products are safe and they will appeal the massive awards. Meanwhile, however, more lawsuits continue to be filed against companies that supply and manufacture talcum powder, arguing the companies knew about the risks but did not take proper steps to protect consumers.