Citizens of the UK are suing the United States for asbestos talc.


Asbestos-contaminated talc has been blamed for the mesothelioma cancer diagnoses of British residents, who have joined the growing number of personal injury plaintiffs suing in U.S. courts.


That ought not to come as a surprise. The United Kingdom is contributing to the transformation of asbestos litigation in the United States because it has the highest mesothelioma incidence rate per capita in the world.


Men are getting less mesothelioma from exposure to asbestos in the workplace, but women are getting more mesothelioma from non-occupational exposure.


Talc that has been tainted with asbestos, which can be found in health and beauty products from time to time, is one reason for the growing trend. The first court case involving talc was filed in 2016; since then, there have been a growing number of talc-related cases. This has contributed to the rise in international product liability filings.


Cases Relating to Products Made in the United States "You may think that living in the UK means you can't file a case in the U.S. court system, but that's not entirely true,” an attorney from New York City who specializes in asbestos litigation told The Mesothelioma Center at Asbestos.com. You may be able to use a courtroom in the United States if you have asbestos exposure that is related to American-branded businesses or products manufactured here in the United States.


Wasserberg specializes in the problem of asbestos-contaminated talc, which can be found in a wide range of makeup, body powders, baby powders, and moisturizers.


Some cases of contaminated talc involve British citizens who purchased American goods while on vacation in the United States, while others involve American goods sold outside the country. Johnson & Johnson manufactures its products in multiple nations, and the company has been involved in numerous cases involving contaminated talc.


An estimated 450 to 500 women in the UK are diagnosed with mesothelioma annually, according to the Health and Safety Executive. Additionally, a 7% annual increase is anticipated for each of the upcoming years, with contaminated talc accounting for the majority of this increase.


Wasserberg stated, "We are seeing more and more talc manufacturers become defendants in the asbestos litigation." They are definitely a part of a more recent asbestos litigation wave. The talcum powder lawsuit will continue.


With close to 40,000 talc-related lawsuits still pending, Johnson & Johnson is the most prominent player in the field. The company claims that talc litigation has cost more than $3 billion in settlements and verdicts, despite the fact that the company has maintained that its products are safe.


In August 2022, J&J made the announcement that it would no longer be selling the well-known Johnson's Baby Powder with talc in it in 2023 and would instead use a cornstarch-based formula instead. In 2020, citing the avalanche of lawsuits, it halted the sale across Canada and the United States.


Avon, Chanel, Clinique, and Estee Lauder are among the other major players in the cosmetics industry that are the subject of litigation. For instance, a California jury recently ordered Avon to pay a woman who claimed that asbestos-contaminated talc was the cause of her mesothelioma more than $52 million, including $10.3 million in punitive damages and $40 million in actual damages.


Asbestos-related mesothelioma, a rare cancer, is only found in a small number of cases involving contaminated talc. Ovarian cancer or other serious health issues account for the majority of the cases.


The two naturally occurring minerals, which are frequently found in close proximity to one another, are the source of the contamination in talc.


Even though contamination testing is carried out, there has been a wide range of testing methods. The absence of asbestos contamination warnings on products has frequently been the subject of litigation.


Wasserberg stated, "Attorneys, including our firm, have had success bringing these cases to American courts and receiving good results." Personal injury lawsuits are typically viewed as a local practice, but this is not always the case with asbestos. It may surprise a claimant that their case can be heard here.

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