Attorney

Ryan C. Beattie

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Biography

Ryan joined Beasley Allen Law Firm in January 2016 as a lawyer in the Mass Torts Section. His practice has concentrated primarily on litigation surrounding the link between talcum powder products and ovarian cancer.

Notable Cases

Ryan is part of the litigation team taking talcum powder cases to trial. As many as 2,200 cases of ovarian cancer diagnosed each year may have been caused by regular use of talcum powder products, such as baby powder and body powder, in the genital area. Already, three separate juries have found consumer health care products giant Johnson & Johnson liable for injuries or wrongful death resulting from the use of its talc-containing products, including its Baby Powder and Shower to Shower body powder for feminine hygiene. The juries found the company knew of the cancer risks associated with the talc products but failed to warn consumers, and awarded the three plaintiffs in the cases damages amounting to $197 million.

In February 2016, a jury awarded the family of Jacqueline Fox $72 million, holding Johnson & Johnson liable for her ovarian cancer death. In that verdict, $62 million in punitive damages were awarded. The purpose of awarding punitive damages is to punish a company for wrongdoing and to compel it to change its actions.

The talc litigation trial team secured a second verdict in May on behalf of plaintiff Gloria Ristesund, and a third in October on behalf of plaintiff Deborah Giannecchini. The jury awarded Ms. Ristesund $55 million, including $5 million in actual damages and $50 million in punitive damages, and the jury awarded Ms. Giannecchini $70 million, including $575,000 in medical damages, $2 million in compensatory damages, and $65 million in punitive damages against Johnson & Johnson and $2.5 million in punitive damages against Imerys. In May 2017, the team secured a fourth verdict on behalf of Lois Slemp. That jury awarded Ms. Slemp $110 million, including $5.4 million in compensatory damages and $105 million in punitive damages against the two companies.

The talc litigation trial team secured a third verdict in October 2016 on behalf of plaintiff Deborah Giannecchini. The jury awarded Ms. Ristesund $55 million, including $5 million in actual damages and $50 million in punitive damages, and the jury awarded Ms. Giannecchini $70 million, including $575,000 in medical damages, $2 million in compensatory damages, and $65 million in punitive damages against Johnson & Johnson and $2.5 million in punitive damages against Imerys. In May 2017, the team secured a fourth verdict on behalf of Lois Slemp. That jury awarded Ms. Slemp $110 million, including $5.4 million in compensatory damages and $105 million in punitive damages against the two companies. In August 2017, Ryan was a member of the trial team that secured a fifth verdict on behalf of Eva Echeverria in Los Angeles. The jury awarded her $417 million in damages, including $70 million in compensatory damages and $347 million in punitive damages.

Background

Ryan earned his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 2009. He earned his J.D. from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 2013. He is a member of the Alabama State Bar.

Prior to joining Beasley Allen, Ryan worked at Hickman, Goza & Spragins, PLLC in Oxford, Mississippi, and Chapman, Lewis & Swan, PLLC in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

Community Involvement

Ryan and his wife, Heidi, make their home in Montgomery, Alabama, with their two dogs, Max and Bentley. They attend Frazier United Methodist Church and Bible study group. In his free time, Ryan enjoys hunting, fishing, sports—especially following the Nebraska Huskers—and anything else outdoors. He is a member of Ducks Unlimited and Delta Upsilon fraternity.

Admissions
  • Alabama (2015)
Memberships
  • Alabama State Bar
Education
  • University of Nebraska College of Law, J.D. 2013
  • University of Nebraska at Lincoln, B.S. 2009

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