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French Luxury Brand Chanel and U.S. Drug Stores Named in Mesothelioma Asbestos Lawsuit

Posted by Michael Throneberry | Jun 06, 2020

A French luxury brand and two U.S. drugstore chains were recently hit with an asbestos cancer lawsuit by a 65-year-old Florida woman who claims she developed mesothelioma cancer from years of using products marketed and sold by the defendants. The lawsuit names Chanel SA, Publix, and Woolworth stores as the defendants and seeks compensation for her medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages as a result of the defendants' negligence.

According to the asbestos cancer lawsuit, filed in a New York court, the victim developed her asbestos-related cancer from nearly 30 years of using Chanel's after bath talcum powder products. The lawsuit also seeks to hold grocery store chain Publix and drugstore chain Woolworth stores responsible for selling the products which the plaintiff claims caused her cancer.

In her lawsuit, the victim claims that Chanel SA acted negligently when it failed to warn consumers about the known dangers of asbestos contamination in the talcum powder used to manufacture the products which she claims caused her cancer. The asbestos cancer lawsuit asserts that the known evidence of asbestos in talcum powder dates back to the 1930s and Chanel therefore should have provided warnings on the labels of its products to inform consumers of the risks.

Although talc does not contain asbestos, the two are both naturally occurring minerals which can be found in deposits side by side one another. If companies that use talc in their cosmetic products do not exercise caution and take reasonable measures to ensure there is no cross contamination, innocent consumers may be exposed to a deadly carcinogen linked to a whole host of serious medical conditions.

Chanel SA is not the only cosmetics company facing talcum powder asbestos cancer lawsuits in the country. According to recent securities filings, pharmaceutical and cosmetics giant Johnson & Johnson faces some 20,000 talcum powder cancer lawsuits in state and federal courts across the nation, with many plaintiffs or their surviving family members alleging that victims developed mesothelioma and other cancers from years of using the company's iconic Baby Powder and other talc-based products like Shower to Shower.

Thus far, juries in state courts in Missouri, California, and New Jersey have handed down over $5 billion in total compensation to dozens of plaintiffs and their family members who claim that they were diagnosed with mesothelioma and other asbestos-related cancers. Recently, Johnson & Johnson's long-time talc supplier Imerys Talc USA reached an agreement in federal bankruptcy court to auction off its North American assets to create a trust from which victims would be able to draw compensation.

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Michael Throneberry

Attorney Michael Throneberry graduated from Purdue University with a Civil Engineering degree. He then served with the United States Army...

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