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A California jury has awarded $12 million to a woman diagnosed in 2018 with mesothelioma after using talc-based cosmetic products made by Johnson & Johnson and Colgate-Palmolive Co.

The Alameda County Superior Court jury found that both Colgate-Palmolive and Johnson & Johnson failed to warn about known risks associated with their talcum powder products, which were substantial factors in plaintiff Patricia Schmitz’s mesothelioma, according to Courtroom View Network’s coverage of the trial.

Schmitz claimed in a lawsuit that she got mesothelioma, a deadly lung cancer tied to asbestos, after using Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products and Colgate-Palmolive’s Cashmere Bouquet throughout her life. The trial began April 22.

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Amanda Bronstad

Amanda Bronstad is the ALM staff reporter covering class actions and mass torts nationwide. She writes the email dispatch Critical Mass. She is based in Los Angeles.

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