Ryan C. BeattieStaff | Medical Devices and Drugs
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.
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 October 2016, a jury awarded Plaintiff Deborah Giannecchini $70.075 million after agreeing the products contributed to the development of her ovarian cancer. The verdict included $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 Paris-based Imerys S.A., which supplies talc to Johnson & Johnson. This was the first jury verdict against Imerys in this litigation.
On May 2, 2016, a jury awarded Gloria Ristesund $55 million, which included $5 million in actual damages and $50 million in punitive damages. In February 2016, another 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.
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.
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.
- Alabama (2015)
- Alabama State Bar
- University of Nebraska College of Law, J.D. 2013
- University of Nebraska at Lincoln, B.S. 2009
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