Beasley Allen lawyer Ted G. Meadows has been selected for inclusion in the 2017 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America. This annual list represents “the most elite distinction in the profession, covering the best of the best in all practice areas.” Speaking about this year’s honorees, Lawdragon notes that Plaintiffs lawyers represent the “plight of individuals who feel powerless and abandoned. Plaintiff lawyers are a powerful army for the injured, and we are proud of their representation on this year’s 500, as every year.”
“It’s an honor to be recognized by Lawdragon 500,” said Meadows. “However, the truth is that I wouldn’t be singled out in this way without the help of great lawyers from around the country and the full support of my law partners and staff at Beasley Allen as we’ve litigated talc cases over the past couple of years. With this recognition comes the opportunity to make the public aware of the danger of genital talc use – this is a priority of the ovarian cancer victims we represent.”
Ted is currently leading the charge in cases where talcum powder caused ovarian cancer. He helped lead the trial team that secured a $72 million jury verdict against Johnson & Johnson on Feb. 22, 2016. A jury in The City of St. Louis Circuit Court found Johnson & Johnson liable for injuries and death resulting from the use of its talc-containing products such as Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower body powder for feminine hygiene. The jury awarded the family of Plaintiff Jacqueline Fox $72 million after agreeing the products contributed to the development of her ovarian cancer. The verdict includes $10 million in actual damages and $62 million in punitive damages. The jury found Johnson & Johnson liable for failure to warn, negligence and conspiracy. Fox passed away in Oct. 2015 at age 62. This verdict resulted in the Fox trial team being a finalist for the 2016 Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year.
One month later, Ted returned to the courtroom where he helped lead another trial team to a $55 million jury verdict against Johnson & Johnson for injuries resulting from the use of Johnson’s Baby Powder for feminine hygiene. The jury awarded Gloria Ristesund $5 million in compensatory damages and $50 million in punitive damages. Five months later, Ted returned to the courtroom where he helped lead another trial team to a $70 million jury verdict against Johnson & Johnson and Imerys Talc America for injuries resulting from the use of Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder for feminine hygiene. The jury awarded Deborah Giannecchini $2.5 million in compensatory damages and $67.5 million in punitive damages.
Six months later, Ted returned to the courtroom and helped lead a trial team to a $110 million jury verdict against the same companies. The jury awarded Lois Slemp $5.4 million in compensatory damages and $105 million in punitive damages.
Ted continues to fight on behalf of thousands of women who have filed lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson, blaming the company for their ovarian cancer linked to use of talcum powder products.
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