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Get to Know the Simmons Hanly Conroy Shareholders - Part 2

In October, we introduced ten members of the Simmons Hanly Conroy leadership team. Now it’s time to introduce ten more. By getting to know our shareholders, you can see for yourself the dedication, selflessness and compassion our lawyers have for every person they represent.

Mitchell Breit

Mitchell BreitAs a shareholder of Simmons Hanly Conroy, Mitchell brings more than thirty five years of experience in the legal industry. He focuses his practice primarily on consumer class actions and mass torts of national scope, as well as defective medical and pharmaceutical products. Specifically, Mitchell was heavily involved in the multidistrict litigation concerning the BP Gulf Oil Spill and a seminal class action involving the banking industry

“My greatest satisfaction in doing this work is being able to say, when asked what I do as a lawyer, ‘I’m the guy wearing the white hat, ’” Mitchell said.

Randy Cohn

Randy CohnWhen it comes to helping individuals who have been exposed to asbestos, Randy has recovered more than $100 million in verdicts and settlements. He has a strong interest in helping Navy veterans specifically, who account for more than 30 percent of all mesothelioma patients. Randy’s clients are his number one priority and the reason he loves his job as a mesothelioma attorney.… Read the rest


Holiday Storage in Attics and Asbestos Exposure: What to Know

It’s that time of year – people are heading upstairs to the attic or other storage space to fumble through their holiday décor and wrapping essentials. They’re pulling out boxes, shifting large items and possibly disturbing asbestos. This is especially probable if your home was built before 1990, when asbestos insulation was common.

From 1919 to 1990, a mine near Libby, Montana, was the source of over 70 percent of all vermiculite sold in the United States. The insulation, which was often used in attic floors and walls, was usually sold under the brand name Zonolite. In older attics today, you may still come across asbestos insulation, and disturbing it can put you at risk for mesothelioma.

So, what can you do to avoid releasing asbestos particles into the air and putting yourself in danger? Take a look at the attics and asbestos exposure infobyte below:

attics and asbestos exposure

Keep yourself safe this holiday season by being knowledgeable about attics and asbestos exposure and preventing its devastating result, mesothelioma. No level of asbestos exposure is safe.

Read about other asbestos-containing products.… Read the rest


Famous Mesothelioma Deaths: Steve McQueen

McQueen’s History of Asbestos Exposure

Steve McQueen was the top paid actor in 1974. He was also a father and a husband with great love for his family. Best known for his acting in movies such as The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, and Sand Pebbles, he also identified as a race car driver. Almost 34 years after his death on Nov. 7, 1980, cases of mesothelioma still run rampant.

asbestos exposure

Steve was exposed to asbestos all throughout his life—construction sites, sound stages, the lining of race car breaks, and so on. His most potent exposure to asbestos, though, occurred in his time with the U.S. Marines when he was required to remove asbestos lagging from pipes. Steve himself is quoted saying that the asbestos was so thick in the air he could barely breathe. Some say that Steve McQueen lived the American dream, transcending underprivileged origins and rising to fame and success. But, it was during his time doing blue collar work and serving his country when he was most subjected to the asbestos that would kill him.

The Mesothelioma Diagnosis & Death

When Steve was diagnosed in 1979 he was given no hope. He was assured by doctors that his ailment was incurable and essentially untreatable.… Read the rest


Asbestos and Mesothelioma News Wrap Up: November 2014

Here at Simmons Hanly Conroy, our asbestos attorneys want to keep you up to date on the latest asbestos and mesothelioma news. Below is a list of some of the most recent news stories covering asbestos exposure, mesothelioma research and other news from across the globe.

Genetically modified cells learn to fight mesothelioma
Researchers can genetically reengineer the human immune system to recognize cancer cells and attack them. This new treatment is showing promise in fighting tumors in cancers like mesothelioma.

Two companies fined $380,000 over asbestos exposure
Two companies exposed their workers to asbestos during the demolition of a Seattle apartment building. In addition to this, the companies did not properly clean up the dangerous material following the demolition.

EPA awards $124k grant to help reduce asbestos exposure in Texas schools
Earlier this fall, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded the Texas Department of State Health Services with $124,741 to go directly toward reducing asbestos exposure in Texas schools.… Read the rest


6 Grain Industry Businesses Impacted by Viptera® Corn

Sales of Syngenta’s Agrisure Viptera® corn prior to approval for import by China has damaged the U.S. corn industry. The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) has estimated that the U.S. corn and DDGS sector has seen a $2.9 billion loss so far. This number is posed to increase to $3.4 billion in the coming year. Many businesses that contribute to grain exportation have been affected by this significant loss.

These six grain industry businesses have been impacted by Syngenta Viptera® and Duracade™ Corn:

  1. Corn Transportation Companies
  2. Grain Elevator Facilities
  3. Grain Traders/Brokers
  4. Grain Milling Industry
  5. Grain Processor Facilities & Plants
  6. Grain Exporters

In addition, several of the above business areas have sub divisions that were also compromised in the Viptera®-China dilemma. For example, the grain milling industry includes wet corn millers, dry corn millers, animal feed mills, and dry-mill ethanol producers.

Corn transportation companies can also include railroads, trucking companies, shipping companies, and barge companies. The list of businesses and individuals affected by Agrisure Viptera® and Agrisure Duracade™ is lengthy. It affects those at every step from corn farmers to exporters.

Background Information on the Viptera®-China Issues

Syngenta, a seed company based in Sweden, released the GMO corn seed Agrisure Viptera® onto the market in 2009.… Read the rest

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