Tough Sell On Cancer Link Awaits At 1st Philly Talc Trial

Law360 (February 5, 2019, 8:13 PM EST) -- The first trial over mesothelioma allegedly caused by asbestos-laced talcum powder is finally coming to Philadelphia this week, but experts say proving the link between a now-deceased Perry County woman’s cancer and her purported exposure to trace amounts of asbestos in a Colgate-Palmolive Co. product will present a significant challenge.

While traditional asbestos cases have involved the material’s use either as insulation in shipping or as a part of products including brake pads and linings, the case set to open this week in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas centers around a much more limited potential exposure.

And given recent...

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