Jury Awards $13 Million to Woman for Exposure to Asbestos in Talcum Powder

A Los Angeles County jury awarded $13 million to a 73-year-old woman who contracted mesothelioma from using asbestos-containing talcum powder manufactured by Colgate-Palmolive Co.

Ms. Judith Winkel developed the cancer as a result of using Cashmere Bouquet talcum powder. At the end of trial, jurors deliberated for just two hours before finding that Colgate was 95% responsible for Ms. Winkel's mesothelioma.

The Food and Drug Administration says that there has been concern about asbestos contamination in talc since the 1970s. Ms. Winkel's exposure demonstrates how easily tiny fibers of the carcinogen can be unknowingly breathed in and lodge themselves in the lungs, leading to illnesses like asbestosis or mesothelioma.