The popularly used powder, talcum, has been at the epicenter of many controversies and class action lawsuits over the past years. Talcum, commonly known as talc, is found in a host of everyday products from deodorant to baby powder.
In its natural form, talcum has been shown to contain the infamous carcinogen asbestos. Since 1973, consumer products which contain talcum have been asbestos-free.
In response to evidence pointing toward talc’s carcinogenic properties, lawsuits across the nation have sprung up. As research has shown, there is a link between frequent use of talcum-based products and cancer. One study found talc in human tissue which supports the conclusion that this powder has carcinogenic properties.
Currently, there are more than 10,000 cases filed against Johnson & Johnson, a leading talcum powder-based product producer. Data from October 2017 shows Johnson & Johnson has already paid out more than $700 million in lost verdicts.
Adding to the chorus of lawsuits and research chipping away at consumer-confidence in talc, there is a new report from Canada which alleges that loose talcum powder may cause decreased lung function, chronic cough, breathing problems and fibrosis. The Canadian government has issued an advisory to deter consumers from breathing loose talc.
If you or a loved one is suffering due to possible exposure from talc, the experienced attorneys at Laborde Earles Law Firm are ready to provide zealous advocacy. The seasoned legal team at Laborde Earles is dedicated to fighting for the best possible outcome and to defend those who have suffered due to the negligent acts of corporations.