A Maryland woman and her husband are suing cosmetics company Revlon over claims the company’s talc-containing products contain asbestos, a known carcinogen, and that she developed mesothelioma from exposure to asbestos in the cosmetics as well as through her father, who worked at the company, Law360 reported.
Laura and Edward McDaniel filed their lawsuit in New York state court following Mrs. McDaniel’s mesothelioma diagnosis in January. She claims that she was a victim of secondary asbestos exposure from her father, who worked for Revlon in New York. She also used Revlon products that contained talc, including Jean Nate talcum powder. The McDaniels’ lawsuit also names chemical distributor Whittaker Clark & Daniels Inc.
The McDaniels accuse the companies of being aware for decades that the talc used in their products could contain asbestos, but they failed to warn consumers of this risk. Asbestos is a fiber mined from the earth in similar location and fashion as talc. Asbestos has been linked to mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that develops in the lining of internal organs like the lungs or abdomen. It can take decades for asbestos-related cancers to develop.
Mrs. McDaniel is seeking $20 million in compensatory damages and $40 million in punitive damages, along with $5 million in loss of companionship and mental anguish for Mr. McDaniel.
The lawsuit comes as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it was considering testing standards for asbestos in talc-containing cosmetics, and as Johnson & Johnson continues to fight claims that its talcum powder contributed to mesothelioma and ovarian cancer diagnoses.
In 2016, Wittaker Clark & Daniels was the subject of a lawsuit brought by another mesothelioma victim who claimed he contracted the disease from his father’s exposure to asbestos in talcum powder products used by his father at his barbershop. Wittaker Clark & Daniels settled the case, the details of which are confidential.
Beasley Allen lawyers Ted Meadows and Leigh O’Dell are heading up the team handling claims of ovarian cancer linked to talcum powder use for feminine hygiene. Sharon Zinns, who works in Beasley Allen’s Atlanta office, is leading a team handling mesothelioma claims. They 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.