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Manufacturer knew baby powder contained cancer-causing substance

| Feb 6, 2019 | Products Liability |

Many women across Kentucky and the United States have used baby powder in their personal hygiene routines for years, but a recent investigation into the product long rumored to cause cancer has revealed some new and troubling information. The investigation revealed that, not only does baby powder contain trace amounts of asbestos, which is a known carcinogen, but that the baby powder manufacturer knew this, but neglected to inform the public. At the Law Office of Richard Hay, we recognize that the manufacturer’s failure to inform the public of product risks placed thousands of Americans at risk, and we have helped many people who suffered hardship because of defective or dangerous products seek recourse.

According to USA Today, the manufacturer of the talc powder in question had knowledge that its product contained trace amounts of asbestos since at least as far back as 1971. However, none of the company executives, scientists, mine managers or others who had this knowledge found it necessary to inform the public about the presence of asbestos, thereby stripping away consumers’ opportunities to make informed decisions about whether to use the product.

The secret is out now, though, and thousands of women across the nation have already come forward alleging that their long-term use of talc powder played a role in their developing ovarian cancer, mesothelioma and other conditions. About 11,700 women have already filed lawsuits against the product manufacturer, and some have found success in their efforts to hold the product manufacturer accountable for its negligence.

A group of 22 Missouri women, for example, recently received $4.7 billion in damages after they claimed that their prolonged use of talc powder caused them to develop ovarian cancer. You can find out more about dangerous and defective products on our webpage.

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