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Thursday, Sept. 9, marked a major breakthrough in the New York State opioid trial as defendant Endo International Pharmaceuticals and its subsidiaries settled with New York State and Suffolk and Nassau Counties for $50 million.  The settlement marks the conclusion of a series of recent events in which state and county representatives, including State Attorney General Letitia James, accused Endo of withholding “damning evidence” regarding its marketing and sales of prescription opioids from the discovery phase of the trial.  Endo had been held in contempt of court in an opioid trial in Tennessee for withholding similar information from the discovery…
As the academic year begins and students start heading back to school, there may be no better time for parents, teachers, school administrators, instructors and coaches to help younger students make smarter decisions about their health — and that includes avoiding the use of e-cigarettes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), roughly “1 in 5 high school students and 1 in 20 middle school students reported using e-cigarettes in 2020.”  The CDC also notes that in the year 2020: About 3.6 million American youth reported current e-cigarette use E-cigarettes were the most commonly used tobacco product…
Recent weeks in the New York State opioid trial have seen defendant Endo Pharmaceuticals propelled into the spotlight, as the company stands accused by the State of willfully withholding relevant and potentially damning evidence during discovery — a move for which Endo and its attorneys were subject to orders of contempt and sanctions in a similar case involving several Tennessee counties. The judge presiding over the Tennessee opioid case found that Endo’s legal representatives made numerous “false statements” about their discovery compliance. At the start of August, New York State filed a motion requesting that a ruling procedure referred to…
We are excited to reveal this year’s T-shirt graphic design for the 2021 Miles for Meso 5k run/3k fun walk, which will be held virtually on Sept. 25, 2021. A long-sleeve T-shirt is included with every registration. This year’s T-shirt design features the Piasa Bird, which references a local Native American legend that originates from the Illini tribe. A painting featuring the Piasa Bird is located on the bluffs just outside of Alton, Illinois, at the start of the Great River Road. The term “Piasa” means a bird that devours men in the Illini village. The legend of the bird…
Witness testimony continued in Touro College’s law school auditorium throughout week five of the New York State opioid trial, as the jury heard from local first responders and officials who shared their intimate knowledge about how the opioid epidemic affected Long Island’s Suffolk and Nassau Counties. Among many witnesses examined during week five, expert testimony came from Nassau County Assistant Police Chief Chris Ferro and Jennifer Culp, who is the intergovernmental coordinator for the Suffolk Department of Health Services. Under direct examination by Simmons Hanly Conroy Shareholder Jayne Conroy, who is co-lead of the New York opioid trial representing New…
One great way to show support for a loved one who has been diagnosed with mesothelioma is by registering for the Alton Miles for Meso 5K, which will be held virtually for the second straight year. Racers and supporters interested in participating are invited to register for the virtual race and run or walk from anywhere! For the 8th consecutive year, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) will be accepting submissions of the names of mesothelioma survivors or victims to include on Warrior Race Bibs.  The purpose of submitting a name of a loved one who has been diagnosed with…
In a major move, the third week of the ongoing New York State opioid trial saw the three largest U.S. drug distributors — McKesson Corporation, Cardinal Health Inc. and AmerisourceBergen Drug Corporation — agree mid-trial to settle claims with New York State, including both Suffolk County and Nassau County. If approved by the state and county legislatures, the agreement will require the three companies to pay a combined $1.18 billion over the next 17 years. The distributors’ decision to settle claims follows Johnson & Johnson’s $230 million settlement, which Suffolk and Nassau County general legislatures approved. The settlement includes a…
In early spring, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), along with the American Public Health Association (APHA) and several other organizations and public health experts, filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ensure that the federal agency meets its obligation of evaluating the risks of so-called “legacy” asbestos. The lawsuit, which largely focuses on Trump-era evaluations that many organizations and environmentalists see as incomplete for their exclusion of risk-assessment on legacy asbestos, has since been delayed in briefing as the EPA and the ADAO (along with other petitioners) engage in “positive settlement discussions.”  Approved by a…
Asbestos, a carcinogen responsible for thousands of American deaths annually, has often been found in consumer products like makeup, children’s toys and talcum powder. Yet, no one has been tracking asbestos use in consumer products to ensure the public is adequately warned.    An important step toward better oversight of asbestos-containing products took place recently thanks to the leadership of the independent nonprofit, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), and several state attorneys general.    In a settlement reached between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and a coalition of 10 states, the District of Columbia and several advocacy groups,…
When the Allied Forces stormed the beaches of Normandy in northern France, it marked a pivotal turning point in World War II — overwhelmed by the invasion, Nazi forces retreated back to the Seine River, and the Allies accepted their official surrender less than a year later.  Officially, the invasion was called “Operation Overlord,” but most people refer to this incredibly consequential battle as “D-Day” or the “Battle of Normandy.” Today, D-Day is remembered and observed in many of the ally nations, including the United States, United Kingdom and France. D-Day is observed not only because it kicked-started the liberation…
Every single day, Americans are dying from diseases linked to asbestos exposure — and recent data suggests the United States may in fact be seeing more asbestos-related deaths than ever before.   According to data compiled by the Institute for Health Metric and Evaluation (IHME), there were more than 40,764 asbestos-related worker deaths in 2019 alone, the year for which the latest metrics are available. That equates to roughly one asbestos-related death every 12 minutes.   The new death toll replaces previous findings by the International Commission of Occupational Health (ICOH), which in 2018 found 39,275 deaths in the United…
April 1 marks the kickoff to 2021 Global Asbestos Awareness Week (GAAW), the 17th annual, weeklong awareness campaign led by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO). As with previous years, GAAW will run through April 7. Largely through community advocacy, GAAW aims to educate global citizens on the health dangers of asbestos, raise awareness of asbestos-related diseases and build momentum toward a national ban on all uses and imports of asbestos in the United States. Asbestos is a known carcinogen that for decades has been used in the manufacturing of thousands of products across a vast number of industries from…
With rare exceptions, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that every person 6-months-old or older get a flu shot each year between October and March. Getting a flu shot this flu season is even more important than usual, as vaccinating ourselves could reduce the burden on our nation’s healthcare workers who are currently contending with a greater number of hospitalizations from the novel coronavirus. According to the CDC, “Getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever during 2020-2021 to protect yourself and the people around you from flu, and to help reduce the strain on…
With the holiday season now well underway, many families are asking themselves a similar question: How do we celebrate this important family holiday with the current safety recommendations related to COVID-19? The question is no doubt a difficult one, and it’s understandable that millions of Americans are grappling with it as they finalize their holiday plans. The question can grow even more complicated when a family has to factor in health concerns for a vulnerable family member who is living with cancer, such as mesothelioma, or who is otherwise immunocompromised. Many families who find themselves in this position are…
In recent months, the common prescription drug Elmiron®, which is used to treat a painful and common bladder condition, has fallen under scrutiny for allegedly damaging the vision of the patients who take it. Elmiron lawsuits are now being filed. Prescribed to treat the bladder pain and discomfort associated with the chronic condition known as interstitial cystitis (IC), Elmiron (pentosan polysulfate sodium, or PPS) is the subject of lawsuits alleging the drug leads to irreversible retinal damage and toxicity. Largely responsible for our ability to see the world, the retina is a slim, light-sensing tissue located at the back of…
Over 17 million brave Americans have served in the U.S. military, putting their country before their own lives to ensure the freedom of our citizens. Today we commemorate Veterans Day to honor the selflessness, courage and sacrifice of these men and women. To many people, their bravery means much more than a commitment to fight for our country. Simmons Hanly Conroy Chairman John Simmons said of his personal reasons for celebrating Veterans Day, “we’ve represented over 3,000 veterans. We have employees who’ve been in all four major branches of the service. We’ve had nurses in the Army, linguists in the…