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Simmons Hanly Conroy’s support blog is a place for clients and families to find news, education, and inspirational stories about the following areas of litigation: mesothelioma and asbestos, dangerous drugs and devices, consumer protection and mass torts, personal injury and environmental litigation.

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Thank you for being a part of the Miles for Meso community and for supporting the 11th Annual Alton Miles for Meso 5K Run & 3K Fun Run/Walk. This year’s race had more than 1,200 participants, and we’re thankful to everyone who took part in the day’s festivities. Below is more information regarding post-race results and how you can continue to be involved. Funds Raised This year, the race raised $25,000 for the Asbestos Disease…
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…
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…
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 1974, Steve McQueen was the highest paid actor in Hollywood. In 1979, he was diagnosed with mesothelioma. One year later, at the age of 50, McQueen passed away after an unsuccessful surgery to remove the cancer. McQueen was a true American icon. On screen, he played heroes who straddled the divide between the ideals of post-WWII America and the social revolutions of the 60s and 70s. He was a rebel and a leader,…
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…
Registration is now open for the Annual Miles for Meso 5K Run & 3K Fun Run/Walk in Alton, Illinois. The race will take place on Sat., Sept. 28, and is expected to draw over a thousand runners, walkers and supporters to historic Alton—30 minutes from downtown St. Louis. Interested participants who cannot attend the race in-person have the option to sign up for this year’s Virtual Race. Now in its 11th year, Miles for…
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…
Moving forward after a mesothelioma diagnosis is a tremendous act of courage. Since she was first diagnosed in 2006, Julie Gundlach has fought for every day of her life. Nearing the 13th anniversary of her diagnosis, she is still battling and still sharing her amazing story with people across the country. This year, Julie and her family will once again come to Alton, Illinois on September 28 to take part in 11th Annual Alton Miles
The most traumatic part of sexual abuse is recounting it – having to live through it again when all you want to do is move on. You may have been told to stay quiet, or there was nothing you could do. But the truth is you may be able to take powerful legal action now that will allow you move on from your own pain and help protect children today. What is That Happened To…