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11 comments to “Colgate-Palmolive Suffers Courtroom Loss in Asbestos-Talc Powder Case”

  1. Gwendolyn scott

    I have been looking up Cashmere bouquet Tacul powder for my grandmother she wants some because all she can think about is how good it smell but is this too dangerous for her please let me know cuz the only bottle I could find was $100

  2. Timothy Fisher

    I’ve also been using this power all my life I am 31 years old now I’ve been having a few health problems but now I want to look into a little bit more now that I have this information what is the first step for me to do

  3. Carmen Lowe

    I had a ovarie removed in my 20s. I am now 69 yrs old

  4. Kevin S Frazier

    I know for sure my daughters and mother did use johnson and johnson powder for a long time . But has stoped useing after illness and stay in the hospital . My middle daughter did have cancer , I never thought it could be linked
    to the johnson and johnson produces they used for years . My youngs daughter was hospitalizes last year . For cause the doctors could understands .

  5. Jacquelyn Ford

    I used the talcum power because of my grandmother who now decease


    That’s all I use is all of these products and my. Mther Died with Leukemia in July 1989. And the Doctors had to Remove my small intestine AND my GrandBaby got sick with Leukemia Two year ago. And now they don’t no why she having. Seagers in her left left leg. 251 2173149

  7. tiffany

    I been using this product all my life now My nine kids wow

  8. Sandi

    I’ve had abdominal issues from since a teenager, I’m now 48. For years I’ve used shower to shower, Johnson’s baby powder (of which I still have a bottle) on myself and my children when they were babies. This is alarming. Through out the years I’ve had my right ovary removed, which was enlarged and the pain was intense. I’ve had precancerous cells removed, I had to have a partial hysterectomy quite a few years ago, due to the constant pain I was in. My uterus was impacted with fibroids, that it was no other recourse but surgery.

  9. Carolyn M. Hyland King-Collier

    My mother died of uterine cancer! She never drank or smoked ever! She used Cashmere Bouquet ever since I can remember being a child! She used it under arms, über breasts and on top of them and her private parts and on all of our sheets and linens always! She was 48 years old in 8/18/1972 !! The few attorneys that I have contacted have said that there is a statute of limitations on this situation of abestos in mines where Colgate Palmolive got the talc powder from is the cause of her cancer! I say they only are letting people know now, and they were not aware of it then! I say what can be done to get this right in. Some fashion! Call me at 913-579-1506 my name is Carolyn Hyland King-Collier I live in Olathe Kansas 66061!!!!
    I am needed help! Please!!!!!!!!!

  10. Gloria

    My mother died in1989 from overian cancer she use cashmere bouquet every since I were older enough to no her I use it to as a teen in 2005 I had a hysterical because I were having problem my mother continue use the product until she died not known it were dangers

  11. doug baldwin

    I myself regularly use talcum powder for, well, never mind, but this whole topic makes me….twitchy. The article does not specifically say, but I assume there was no dispute that asbestos was found by testing in samples of Cashmere Bouquet. Thus, apparently, the main argument was whether or not this asbestos, as found in the product, was of a type and in a quantity to do harm? If that was the argument by Colgate, seems like a hard one to get a jury to buy, and apparently….the jury didn’t. That argument also adds insult to injury: Colgate and such product manufacturers all preach their product purity over competitors and demand that we, the beloved consumer, admire, want, insist on their glorious safe purity and then in court its a whole different story. Hello! They can’t have it both ways.

    The article very nicely notes the defense argument that the asbestos at the mines wasn’t fibrous. Not comforting. I especially like the article notes the defense claimed that health studies of workers at “one of the mines” hadn’t turned up any asbestos issues. Not comforting either. The additional point here, beyond asbestos, is if you live by preaching certain aesthetic and health values of purity and thoughtfulness and care to the consumer, then you die by that sword also. Everyone knows that if you even hint that there might possibly be some small, insignificant, distant, never mind what the hell connection between the talc in the product and asbestos, no sane person will buy it. And that is a rightful, fair fear and choice by the consumer. Colgate knew it, and so they decided, for their selling purposes, to take that knowledge and choice out of the hands of the “mindlessly fearful” consumer. They allow the consumer to believe they are buying a pure product with all the goodness of that purity because that is what sells and that is what they must market.

    Jury decisions by grownup consumers like this are important, because we consumers all believe such fudging of our products goes on all the time, along with the attendant manipulation of our desires and needs for the sake of consumer sales. Fair Warning’s entire existence is here to defend against that behavior, and this case is the perfect example of that fudging and manipulation. Yet despite all the fudging that has been caught, there seems to be no end to it. Which must mean these penalties, like the many multi billion dollar penalties to Wall Street banks recently, actually don’t…really… hurt….not enough to stop the behavior. Which, I suppose, will keep Fair Warning in business forever.

    Now, where did I put my talcum powder, I feel a sweat breaking out.

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