Woman Awarded $29 Million in Talcum Powder Verdict

Woman Awarded $29 Million in Talcum Powder Verdict

A South Carolina jury ordered a talc supplier to pay $29.14 million to a woman who claimed talcum powder cosmetics caused her mesothelioma. The state court jury found Whittaker, Clark & Daniels liable for the woman’s diagnosis of the rare and severe form of cancer. Individuals nationwide have filed lawsuits against manufacturers of talc-based products such as Johnson & Johnson. Cosmetic companies like Avon, as well as talc suppliers, are also facing talcum powder claims. 

Plaintiff Wins $29 Million Talcum Powder Verdict

36-year-old Sarah Plant argues that her lifelong use of cosmetic talc products contaminated with asbestos was responsible for her sudden mesothelioma diagnosis. At 35, Plant developed mesothelioma, a cancer linked to a mineral called asbestos, a known human carcinogen. Plant alleges she used various talc cosmetics since childhood. Defendants originally named in Plant’s talcum powder claim included: 

  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Cosmetics company Mary Kay
  • Makeup pigment maker Color Techniques
  • Talc manufacturer IMI Fabi
  • Whittaker, Clark & Daniels

Mary Kay and Color Techniques were dropped mid-trial after reaching undisclosed talcum powder settlement agreements with Plant. Plant’s talcum powder attorney noted this was the first claim to go to trial against Mary Kay. Meanwhile, J&J was no longer a defendant as it had previously transferred its talc liabilities, and IMI Fabi was found not responsible.

On March 6, 2023, the jury awarded $29.14 million to Plant. This significant talcum powder verdict consists of $20 million in pain and suffering, $5 million for her husband’s loss of consortium claims, $871,356 in past medical expenses, and $3,268,336 in future medical expenses. 

Plant’s attorney, Jessica Dean, hopes this verdict will lead to more efficient resolutions to cosmetic talcum powder claims outside of jury trials. According to Dean, trials prove time-consuming and difficult for cancer patients, so pre-trial talcum powder settlements would be better. 

The Lake Law Firm Can Help You 

The Lake Law Firm is currently assisting individuals diagnosed with cancer after using talc-based products. You may qualify for compensation if you used these products and later developed mesothelioma or ovarian cancer. A talcum powder attorney can help you hold negligent manufacturers accountable for distributing asbestos-contaminated products. 

The Lake Law Firm was founded by Edward J. Lake, Esq., a personal injury lawyer for over 25 years. Our dedicated team of attorneys is committed to seeking justice on behalf of those who have suffered injury or death due to the negligence of others. Our experienced attorneys handle many different types of pharmaceutical drugs, medical devices, and other defective products. The lawyers in our firm have helped collect millions of dollars for their clients. A talcum powder lawyer will advocate for you and your rights. Please contact us for a free confidential case evaluation at (888) 525-3529.