A Los Angeles jury has awarded $18,070,000 to a man who developed mesothelioma after using talcum powder products for decades while working as a government official.
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What’s the problem?
November 8, 2016 – According to the lawsuit, plaintiff Phillip Depoian was diagnosed with peritoneal and pleural mesothelioma in May 2015 at the age of 67. He had recently retired after a 34-year career in Los Angeles City government, where he served as Special Counsel to the Mayor and Executive Director for Government and External Affairs of Los Angeles World Airports.
Depoian was exposed to talcum powder first as a child, when his father applied it (Clubman and Kings Men brands) as a finishing touch after cutting his hair, and later as an adult (Mennen, Old Spice and Faberge brands) while working as a government official during the 1970s and 1980s.
Plaintiff had every reason to believe that talcum powder was safe; however, he later learned the hard way that the talc contained in many of the products he used was contaminated with asbestos, according to the lawsuit.
Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer that forms on the thin protective tissues that cover the lungs and abdomen. For decades, the disease was most often associated with workers in industrial trades or the Navy. However, in recent years many people with no ties to these industries have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and other forms of asbestos illness. In many cases, their only exposure to asbestos was talc contained in cosmetic products.
Depoian’s lawsuit was originally filed in January 2016 against 19 companies. Settlements were reached with a number of these companies before and during the trial, and by the time the case was submitted to the jury only one defendant, talc supplier Whittaker, Clark & Daniels, remained.
On Oct. 19, the jury awarded $18,070,000 to the plaintiff, assigning 30% of fault to Whittaker, Clark & Daniels. The jury also determined that the company acted with malice, triggering a second phase of the trial to handle punitive damages. However, before trial was to resume, the company reached a confidential settlement with Depoian.
The verdict is believed to be the largest award ever for a lawsuit alleging mesothelioma from talcum powder. The case is: Philip John Depoian and Julie Pastor Depoian vs. American International Industries, et al., filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, No. BC607192.
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