Cosmetic Talc Under Scrutiny As Liability Buzzards Circle
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
Plaintiff’s attorneys are tracking reports of asbestos-contaminated cosmetics at specialty retail stores, signaling a possible new wave of talc-related litigation to come. The issue also has the attention of NGOs, legislators and FDA.
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