Once commonly used in many building materials, asbestos is responsible for a variety of diseases, including mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis. Over the past four decades, consumers have brought claims against manufacturers of these products for illnesses and the wrongful deaths of family members. Currently, more than 200,000 asbestos litigation cases are in court and new lawsuits are expected to be filed each year.
The Roundup family of herbicides contain glyphosate, a chemical which many studies have found to be a carcinogen, or cancer-causing agent. Many individuals have been diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma and other types of cancer after using this product. The Roundup lawsuit alleges that the manufacturer, Monsanto, knew about the dangers of glyphosate and marketed an unsafe product to consumers.
Talcum powder is one of the most common ingredients in health and beauty products. Many women use this product for a variety of feminine hygiene applications. However, studies dating back to the 1970s indicate a link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer. The manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson, has been held responsible for negligence through mass tort cases involving numerous victims.