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Asbestos lawsuits continue in California

Products available to the American public involve a certain amount of public trust. Companies must provide reasonably safe products that are marketed for safe purposes. When companies fail to provide these products to customers, victims of deception or manufacturing errors may have no option beyond a lawsuit to claim financial damages.

Lawsuits involving asbestos have become the most expensive and long-running range of torts, or actions seeking financial damages, in United States history. Although the crystalline fiber is no longer used in construction and manufacturing under U.S. law, the lawsuits keep coming as a major manufacturer of toiletries may have knowingly included the substance in talcum powder and marketed it as a hygiene product for women and children.

Nearly 12,000 lawsuits have been filed against the company, alleging that the use of talcum powder was involved in the appearance of ovarian cancer, lung cancer, mesothelioma and other ailments involving protracted medical care. One Californian already won a case in an Alameda court, receiving a $117 million judgment over diagnosed mesothelioma.

Six recorded cases involving talcum powder mined and sold by the company have resulted in three judgments for plaintiffs and three judgments for the defendant. Investors believe these and future lawsuits may be worth billions of dollars to litigants.

Victims of product defects, especially those offered under deceptive promises, may consider a tort action to claim appropriate restitution to move on with their lives. An attorney can help advise on the background of a claim, including the possibility of class-actions filed by multiple litigants, and plan toward an acceptable resolution.