• Cosmetic Talc Litigation: Two Emerging and Distinct Mass Torts
  • August 3, 2017 | Author: Jason A. Botticelli
  • Law Firm: Goldberg Segalla LLP - Buffalo Office
  • Cosmetic talcum powder products have been on the market in the United States for over 100 years. However, it is only within the last few years that a battle over the potential harmful effects of these products has come to the forefront of toxic tort litigation. While there are actually two distinct types of claims, plaintiffs’ lawyers have branded them as simply “talc litigation.” The cases garnering more of the attention relate to the hypothesis that use of talcum powder in the perineal area causes ovarian cancer. The other cases are based on the theory that inhalation of cosmetic talc contaminated with asbestos causes more traditional asbestos-related diseases. Sifting through the nature and nuances of these different claims is critical to understanding how they will impact both plaintiffs and talc manufacturers across the country.