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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…
Thank you for being part of the Miles for Meso community and the 12th Annual Alton Miles for Meso 5k Run & 3k Fun Run/Walk, organized and presented by Simmons Hanly Conroy and the Metro Tri Club. Normally, the event would take place in historic downtown Alton, Ill., at the firm’s national headquarters, across from Marquette High School. However, the race was changed to an all virtual format for 2020 to ensure the safety of participants in light of COVID-19. This means that anytime from Saturday, Sept. 26 through Friday, Oct 2, participants may instead run or walk their favorite…
As June begins, the world marks the halfway point in the year 2020. Only six months into the year, it is perhaps already true that no other year in recent memory has been as life-altering as this one. When the COVID-19 outbreak developed into a full-fledge pandemic, lives were upended, families, communities and support systems were fractured and, for many, isolation and social-distance became the so-called “new normal.” According to an April survey, roughly 33 percent of American adults reported feeling “more lonely than usual” since quarantines and stay-at-home orders were put in place. As our nation continues to define…
Shareholder James Kramer weighs in on talc litigation during Perrin webinar Talcum powder and other talc-based products sit at the heart of over 9,000 lawsuits currently awaiting trial. But how did it get to this point? Simmons Hanly Conroy Shareholder James “Jim” Kramer joined several consultants and attorneys on a recent webinar hosted by Perrin Conferences to educate listeners on cosmetic talc litigation as it currently stands in the United States. Jim was invited to speak about the developing trends as a trial attorney who has, in fact, litigated several talc cases, including the landmark 2017 case of Nemeth v.…
Gary DiMuzio Simmons Hanly Conroy attorney Gary DiMuzio delivers a masterclass on how to approach expert witness admissibility in toxic tort cases in a recent article he authored, published in the May issue of Trial, the award-winning magazine published by the American Association of Justice (AAJ.) DiMuzio is of counsel in the Asbestos Department at Simmons Hanly Conroy, having joined the firm in 2019, after more than 25 years advocating for plaintiffs poisoned by pollution. In such cases, expert testimony serves a pivotal role in helping a jury to understand the scientific connection between the defendant’s actions and the plaintiff’s…
On Friday, April 3, President and CEO of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) Linda Reinstein hosted a virtual luncheon with Dr. Arthur Frank, MD, PhD, who is ADAO’s Science Advisory Board Co-Chair. The topic of discussion was COVID-19 and the unique health risks facing Americans who have battled—or are currently battling—through an asbestos-related disease. ADAO’s luncheon took place during Global Asbestos Awareness Week (GAAW) and what would’ve been the first day of ADAO’s 16th annual International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference, had the event not been postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak (the conference had been scheduled to run…
As this year’s Global Asbestos Awareness Week (GAAW) comes to a close, we want to take a moment to reflect on a cornerstone of the asbestos-disease awareness and prevention efforts and our ongoing commitment to eliminating the toll asbestos takes on society: Advocacy. At the heart of GAAW is a desire to fight—for ourselves, our loved ones, our communities, our country and our world. The fight for a better, safer world is why President and CEO Linda Reinstein co-founded the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO). It’s why Chairman John Simmons started Simmons Hanly Conroy in 1999. It’s why unified advocacy…
For 15 straight years, April 1 through April 7 has been congressionally designated Global Asbestos Awareness Week (GAAW). Each year, the first full week of April marks a crucial time when advocates, scientists, doctors, survivors and their families can all join together as one group to share new knowledge, provide community and support, and plan future goals and actions. While GAAW will continue as planned this year, the accompanying annual International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference, hosted by the Asbestos Awareness Disease Organization (ADAO) in Washington D.C., has been postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. In a statement, ADAO President…
Courts in California are preparing for hundreds—perhaps thousands—of sexual abuse civil lawsuits to be filed in the coming months against churches, schools and other institutions. A new California state law extends the maximum age limit for survivors of child sexual abuse to file lawsuits against their former attackers. Under AB 218, which went into effect Jan. 1, sexual abuse survivors now have until age 40 to file for damages, or until five years after a survivor discovers the source of their psychological injury to be connected to an instance of child sexual abuse. The new law provides a three-year…
Everybody knows somebody whose life has been destroyed or ended by opioids. These are children, nephews, neighbors, bosses, parents, professional athletes and music icons. Every story is a unique tragedy. While the sum total of the damage is impossible to calculate, there is no doubt that communities forced to bear the burden have been completely drained dry. During this public health crisis, the horrific has been normalized. We’ve seen morgues overflowing, babies born addicted, and overburdened treatment centers turning people away. Communities serving on the front lines of the opioid epidemic have a desperate need for resources now and for…
Two former administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have come out in strong support of a bill that would ban asbestos. Dismayed that the Trump EPA has kept asbestos legal, Gina McCarthy and William K. Reilly called on Congress to take power into its hands and pass the Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act of 2019. “Every year,” they wrote, “asbestos takes the lives of nearly 40,000 Americans and thousands more face a lifetime of pain and suffering from disabling lung diseases like asbestosis and mesothelioma, yet its use remains largely unregulated in the United States.” Reilly was…
A startling new report shows how financially devastating the opioid epidemic has been for the people and businesses of Long Island. According to research from the Fiscal Policy Institute (FPI), Nassau and Suffolk counties suffered an estimated $16.6 billion in economic damages in 2016 and 2017—equivalent to roughly $22.4 million a day. That equates to a stunning 4.5 percent of Long Island’s gross domestic product (GDP). According to the report, 45,450 individuals on Long Island are currently living with opioid addiction. Those figures compound quickly for employers, who in 2017 suffered average costs of more than $5,000 per employee. Aggressive…
Sept. 26 is National Mesothelioma Awareness Day, a time for mesothelioma survivors and the asbestos-prevention community to come together to support victims and survivors and to recognize the serious long-term challenges ahead. Across the country and around the world, thousands of people are living with mesothelioma—thousands more are developing mesothelioma and don’t even know it yet. The key to fighting back is raising awareness so more people are educated about the disease and its only known cause: asbestos. A Day Dedicated to Mesothelioma Awareness Mesothelioma Awareness Day was first observed in 2004 on Sept. 26, which makes this the 16th…
Let’s Get Ready to Race! Thank you for being part of the Miles for Meso community and the 11th Annual Alton Miles for Meso 5k Run & 3k Fun Run/Walk. Below is everything you need to know about attending the race. Packet Pickup Early packet pickup for registered participants will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at Simmons Hanly Conroy, located across the street from Marquette High School at 1 Court Street in Alton, Illinois. Race-day registration is from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the registration tent located in Simmons Hanly Conroy’s main parking lot. If…
In a landmark judgement, Oklahoma judge Thad Balkman ruled on Monday, Aug. 26, that Johnson & Johnson is liable for playing a large role in sparking the state’s opioid crisis through its deceptive marketing practices. With thousands of opioid lawsuits still pending, and another major opioid trial set for October, Monday’s ruling could set a new precedent in the fight against irresponsible drug manufacturers. It is the first lawsuit in the United States to hold a pharmaceutical company responsible for one of the worst and most deadly drug epidemics in modern history. As a result of Judge Balkman’s ruling,…
Survivors of child sexual abuse in New York may yet have a shot at justice, thanks to a new law called the Child Victims Act, or CVA, which opens up the rules on filing sexual abuse lawsuits past a certain age. Within the past week, hundreds of survivors have stepped forward, bringing civil charges against individuals and institutions in the state of New York. Hundreds, if not thousands more are expected in the coming months. The growing amount of sexual abuse lawsuits have all come in response to the CVA. Effective Wed., Aug. 14, the law establishes a one-year…