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Cosmetic Company Wins Motion to Quash Service for Lack of Personal Jurisdiction

April 20, 2018 – Press Release

April 20, 2018 (Modesto, CA) – Claire Weglarz and Elizabeth Branham won a motion to quash service in California for lack of personal jurisdiction on behalf of HPY’s client, a national cosmetic company. In the complaint, Plaintiffs claim the decedent’s mesothelioma was caused by her use of various talc-products allegedly contaminated with asbestos. The Court specifically found that Plaintiffs failed to present evidence that decedent used HPY’s client’s product in California, and thus found a lack of specific jurisdiction over HPY’s client. There was no dispute regarding the absence of general jurisdiction. The case is proceeding in Stanislaus County,  a county where plaintiffs do not traditionally file asbestos personal-injury cases.