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Colgate-Palmolive Settles Lawsuit that Claimed Man Developed Cancer Over Alleged Asbestos Particles in Baby Powder

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LOS ANGELES – A settlement has been reached between Colgate-Palmolive and a Southern California man who claimed in a lawsuit that he developed cancer by using the company’s talc-based baby powder.

City News Service reports no terms were divulged in the deal announced Monday as the two sides prepared to go to trial.

Paul Garcia suffers from mesothelioma, a lung cancer linked to asbestos exposure. Garcia claimed it was caused by inhaling asbestos fibers present in baby powder made by one of Colgate-Palmolive’s predecessor firms, Mennen.

The 67-year-old Garcia said Colgate-Palmolive and Mennen failed to adequately warn consumers that its powder contains asbestos and could cause cancer — charges the company denied.

Several companies, including Johnson & Johnson, are facing lawsuits related to the alleged presence of asbestos particles in baby powders.

In Thailand Colgate-Palmolive (Thailand) first entered Thailand in 1958. The Company then established its own distribution channels in 1979, and in 1995 started a new distribution center with manufacturing operations.

Colgate-Palmolive (Thailand) Ltd is owned by Colgate-Palmolive company and produces Colgate toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash and dental floss; Palmolive, Protex, Care shower cream; Care and Protex talcum powder; and Action hairdressing. – No lawsuits or claims have been made in Thailand against Colgate-Palmolive (Thailand) Ltd with regards to the alleged presence of asbestos particles in baby powders.

 

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