Clubman brand talcum powder is at the center of new cancer claims in a lawsuit filed by a former hairdresser and a longtime barbershop patron, Law360 reports. Hairdresser Margaret Lashley and customer Dwayne Johnson claim that Clubman brand talc was contaminated with asbestos and caused Lashley to develop mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer linked to asbestos exposure, and Johnson to develop lung cancer.
They allege that American International Industries (AII), which purchased the Clubman brand in 1987, should have known that the talc it used could become contaminated with the known carcinogen and would put customers at risk. AII stopped making and selling Clubman talc and switched to a cornstarch-based product in 2017.
Yet, the lawsuit claims, the company didn’t conduct any internal tests nor did it have equipment like microscopes to see if its talc was laced with asbestos. But an electron microscopist retained by plaintiffs found asbestos fibers in bottles of Clubman talc that Lashley, the hairdresser, had kept.
Lashley said she used AII’s talc on her customers while working as a hairdresser in a barbershop from 1972 until 2016, when she was diagnosed with mesothelioma. Johnson was powdered with Clubman talc during haircuts beginning in 1975 until 2016. While both plaintiffs are suing Clubman, they also acknowledge being exposed to talc from other sources, such as Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder. Johnson was also exposed to asbestos while working construction as a teenager.
But for both plaintiffs, their lawsuit states, AII talcum powder was a major factor in their cancer diagnoses.
Beasley Allen attorneys are looking at cases of industrial, occupational and secondary asbestos exposure resulting in lung cancer or mesothelioma as well as claims of asbestos-related talc products linked to mesothelioma.