What is King's Men Talc?
King's Men Talc Powder is used after shaving to provide a smooth layer to the skin while drying up oil and soothing irritation. It was commonly used in barbershops until the 1970s when the product was discontinued.
Asbestos in Talcum Powder
Talc powder products have been on the market since the 1800s. However, the safety of talcum powder has been called into question in recent years. Pure talc on its own is considered safe, but asbestos-contaminated talc has been a public health concern for decades.
Talc and asbestos naturally occur near each other on the earth. When mined, raw talc may contain asbestos fibers. Talc is commonly contaminated with amphibole asbestos. Studies found exposure to the five types of asbestos in this category is more likely to lead to mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.
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What is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a cancer caused by asbestos. It most commonly occurs in the lining of the lungs or the abdomen. Mesothelioma symptoms can take 10 – 50 years to emerge after initial exposure to asbestos. Symptoms are often mistaken for less serious illnesses, which can complicate early diagnosis. When symptoms present, patients should seek medical attention, as early detection may improve mesothelioma prognosis.
- Chest pain or abdominal pain
- Shortness of breath
- Fluid buildup
- Fever and night sweats
- Weight loss
California Jury Awards Mesothelioma Victim $18 Million in Old Spice Talc Lawsuit
In October 2016, a Los Angeles jury returned an $18.07 million verdict against longtime talc supplier Whittaker Clark & Daniels in a lawsuit filed by California political figure Philip Depoian, who developed mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure at a barber shop where his father worked and through his use of products including following Old Spice, Clubman, Kings Men and Mennen Shave Talc.
The jury verdict is the largest award on record for individual lawsuits filed over asbestos in talc.
The jury reached its verdict on Oct. 19 following six weeks of trial. A second phase for damages resulting from Depoian's exposure to asbestos was set to resume before the sole remaining defendant – talc supplier Whittaker, Clark & Daniels – reached a confidential average settlement on Oct. 26.
In agreeing to the law firm's settlement, Whittaker, Clark & Daniels avoided the prospect of additional penalties based on the jury's finding that it had acted with malice in failing to warn consumers about the potential for a cancer diagnosis due to toxic asbestos contamination.
Depoian's attorneys successfully argued in Los Angeles County Superior Court that their client was exposed to asbestos in talc products.
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