A jury in Los Angeles has returned an $18.07 million verdict against talc supplier Whittaker Clark & Daniels for its role in causing a man’s development of mesothelioma.
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What’s the Problem?
November 8, 2016 – According to the lawsuit, plaintiff Phillip Depoian, a 34-year veteran of the Los Angeles City government, was diagnosed with both peritoneal and pleural mesothelioma in May 2015.
Depoian claims he was exposed to asbestos first as a child in talc products at his father’s barber shop, and then again as an adult through his use of Old Spice, Clubman, King’s Men and Mennen Shave Talc. Asbestos and talc are both naturally-occurring silicate minerals often mined in the same deposits, but asbestos is a known carcinogen, and studies have linked the substance to lung cancer and mesothelioma.
The jury reached its verdict on Oct. 19 following a six week trial. A second phase for punitive damages was scheduled to resume before the remaining defendant – Whittaker, Clark & Daniels – reached a confidential settlement a week later. In settling the case, the company avoided the potential for additional penalties based on the jury’s ruling that it had acted with malice in marketing its talc as asbestos-free without adequately testing the product.
The verdict is believed to be the largest award on record for a lawsuit alleging mesothelioma from cosmetic talc exposure. The case is: Philip John Depoian and Julie Pastor Depoian vs. American International Industries, et al., filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, No. BC607192.
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