Cosmetic Company Wins Motion to Quash Service for Lack of Personal Jurisdiction
MODESTO, April 20, 2018 – Claire Weglarz and Elizabeth Branham won a motion to quash service in California for lack of personal jurisdiction on behalf of HPTY’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 HPTY’s client’s product in California, and thus found a lack of specific jurisdiction over HPTY’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.