THE WHAT? A civil jury verdict in Los Angeles County has found in favor of a 78-year-old mesothelioma victim, ordering talc supplier Whittaker Clark & Daniels to pay US$4.8 million in compensation.
THE DETAILS The live trial was the first to take place since the onset of the pandemic, with law firm Simon Greenstone Panatier arguing that Whittaker Clark & Daniels was aware of asbestos contamination in its talc supply.
THE WHY? Plaintiff Willie McNeal Junior developed pleural mesothelioma, a cancer of the lungs caused by asbestos exposure. This verdict links the cancer with the plaintiff’s daily use of Old Spice Talcum Powder. Lead Attorney, Stuart Purdy commented, “Willie McNeal is an amazing man with a remarkable story who remained steadfast and patient despite the uncertainties and unknowns of the first pandemic trial in Los Angeles. He blazed a trail for many other litigants by showing justice can still be served in these uncertain times. We are happy to have been able to deliver justice for him in a timely manner while simultaneously proving a live trial can be done safely and effectively.”