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National Mesothelioma Awareness Day is right around the corner. On Sept. 26, 2020, the United States will honor the thousands of individuals and their families whose lives have been impacted by mesothelioma, a deadly cancer caused by asbestos exposure. For its part, Simmons Hanly Conroy will be hosting its 12th Annual Miles for Meso 5K Run & 3K Fun Run/Walk starting on Mesothelioma Awareness Day. This year, the Alton Miles for Meso 5K…
Last spring, a 15-year-old Guatemalan boy found himself thousands of miles away from home, without his parents in a country where he didn’t speak the language. His parents were itinerant farm workers from the Mayan highlands of Huahuatenango, Guatemala. They were often away, leaving him to fend for himself. The boy, called “M.D.S.” to protect his identity, was trafficked to the United States by a man who claimed to authorities to be his father. They…
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…
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…
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.…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…