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Talc Mesothelioma Lawsuit Takes Aim At Luxury Brand Chanel

Chanel is a company and brand that is associated with luxury and celebrity, not with the terminal illness malignant mesothelioma or legal negligence. But all of that might change as a citizen of the United Kingdom has filed a mesothelioma lawsuit against the company, alleging that she was exposed to asbestos in the company’s talc powder product that she purchased in the United States.

International travel included regular purchase of Chanel talcum powder product

According to her lawsuit, Beverley Alleyne is a 59-year-old woman who was born in England and whose father was a citizen of Brooklyn, New York. From the time she was 20 through the time that she was 45, she made a practice of regularly visiting the U.S. for periods of a month or more at a time, then continued the practice afterwards but for shorter visits. According to her lawsuit against Chanel, Inc., she was exposed to asbestos from their talc powder product, which she largely bought in New York’s department stores, but which she indicated she also bought in London.

Woman says daily use of luxury powder led to fatal disease

To support her mesothelioma claim against Chanel, Ms. Alleyne not only described her memory of the product’s packaging and testified about how her use of the talcum powder. She said that the product would create dust in the bathroom, enough so that when she walked she would leave footprints. She testified in her deposition that she  breathed the dust in regularly. She also had supporting testimony from expert witnesses that testified that they microscopic technology that they used identified asbestos particles in Chanel’s powder product.

In defending themselves against the charges of selling an asbestos-contaminated product and causing Ms. Alleyne’s product, Chanel’s attorneys requested that Judge Manuel J. Mendez of the New York City Asbestos Litigation Court to grant them summary judgment, but the judge indicated that the company had not provided anything to support their motion other than their attorney claiming that Ms. Alleyne hadn’t proven her allegations adequately. The judge ruled that these arguments were insufficient to dismiss the case, and allowed the case to move forward.

Asbestos in talcum powder has been the topic of a growing number of mesothelioma lawsuits in recent days, and it is expected that more and more people who are diagnosed with mesothelioma with no occupational exposure may hold the popular powder companies responsible. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease and you need help determining the source of your illness, contact the Patient Advocates at Mesothelioma.net today. We can be reached at 1-800-692-8608.

Terri Oppenheimer

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