The Beasley Allen Talc Litigation Team is continuing to prepare for the retrial of the Brower case we tried last fall in Fulton County, Georgia. This retrial was supposed to begin the first week of April; however, due to the coronavirus national emergency, the trial has been delayed.
Court systems throughout the country, including the Fulton County Court System, have either canceled or stayed all litigation proceedings that involve large groups of people meeting, including all jury trials. Currently, Fulton County is planning on at least a 30-day break from all jury trials. This break is expected to extend through at least April 13, and could potentially be longer based on an evaluation of the situation at that time. Beasley Allen lawyers are continuing to work on pretrial issues related to this case and stand ready to begin this trial as soon as possible.
In other venues, the Beasley Allen team is still working hard on preparing for the Cadagin case in East St. Louis, Illinois. It too has been continued from a May 4, 2020, trial date – we are awaiting word on when it will be reset.
The talc team also continues to prepare for an additional summer trial – this one in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Frye hearings in this case took place at the end of February, and we are awaiting the judge’s rulings on these experts. Frye hearings allow a Pennsylvania judge to hear the qualifications of the expert witnesses who have been designated to testify at trial and determine whether they are qualified under the Pennsylvania standards. Pending favorable rulings from the judge on Plaintiff’s expert witnesses, this trial remains on schedule to begin in mid-June.
The Beasley Allen Talc Litigation Team is continuing to work on this litigation. There are new cases coming in constantly. We are making every effort to get trials set for the fall and winter of 2020, with potential trials in St. Louis in the fall and possibly in Miami, Florida, at the end of the year. We are looking forward to representing all of our clients in these upcoming trials. For additional information on these cases, contact Ted Meadows, Leigh O’Dell or Brittany Scott.
This story appears in the April 2020 issue of The Jere Beasley Report. For more like this, visit the Report online and subscribe.