What's the Problem?
Plaintiff Dolores Gomez alleges that she was diagnosed with mesothelioma after using Chanel talc products for 30 years, from 1961 to 1991, which she purchased at Publix and Woolworth stores, according to Law360. She claims that Chanel, Publix and Woolworth (now known as Foot Locker Inc.) knew the talc contained asbestos yet failed to adequately warn the public about this risk.
"The defendants' products failed to contain, and continue to this day not to contain, adequate warnings and/or instructions regarding the increased risk of mesothelioma with the use of their products by women," the complaint states. "The defendants continue to market, advertise and expressly represent to the general public that it is safe for women to use their product regardless of application."
Gomez further claims that beginning in the 1970s, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) began considering whether to regulate and require warnings on talc-based cosmetic products, but the defendants and a lobbying group known as the Cosmetic, Toiletries and Fragrance Council (CTFC) blocked those efforts.
"The defendants and the CTFC also did not disclose to the FDA that the overwhelming majority of talcum powder manufacturers and sellers were not testing their products for asbestos, and even if they were testing, it was done so superficially: only four or so grams per 20 tons of pre-shipment and pre-processed talc," according to the lawsuit.
Gomez' claim brings counts of negligence, negligence per se, fraudulent concealment and breach of warranty claims.
The lawsuit is: Gomez v. Chanel Inc. et al., in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York.
Do I Have a Chanel Talcum Powder Lawsuit?
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If you or a loved one was diagnosed with mesothelioma after using Chanel Talcum Powder, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.