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Shareholder Jayne Conroy Plays Major Role on Corn Litigation Plaintiff's Executive Committee


Earlier this year, my colleague, shareholder Jayne Conroy was appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee (PEC) for the pending multidistrict litigation (MDL) against Syngenta Seeds Inc. concerning its genetically modified corn. Farmers and farm businesses are actively filing lawsuits against Syngenta, with more than 360 filed in 20 states, so far.

JConroy_WebJayne is playing a major role on the corn litigation Plaintiff’s Executive Committee, as additional cases are being transferred into the consolidated federal docket in Kansas City. As Jayne said in an Associated Press article, more lawsuits may be filed as the federal judge continues to organize the cases.

“They are still filing all the time,” said Conroy in the article, which was picked up by multiple newspapers, including the New York Times. “I have many clients that are not filed yet. We are gathering the data.”

In regards to how long farmers and farm businesses have to file lawsuits against Syngenta, there is still time.

“There’s no deadline at this point,” she said.

Lawsuits are being filed for loss of profits and a depressed corn market due to the rejection of Syngenta’s Viptera MIR 162 corn trait, which lasted for four years. In late 2014, China finally approved the corn trait for import, which is good news for American farmers for multiple reasons.… Read the rest

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Sneak Peak: 2015 Mesothelioma Symposium Speakers


Set to take place on March 2 to 4 in Bethesda, MD, the 2015 International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma will feature a wide spectrum of mesothelioma experts and advocates. The firm is proud to again be a sponsor of this important annual event. If you are thinking about attending either in person or via the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation’s live stream, you may be wondering who some of the speakers will be.

mesothelioma symposiumHere are some of the individuals who will be participating in the 2015 Symposium by speaking about mesothelioma research, asbestos exposure and more.

  • M. Catherine Bushnell, PhD – National Institutes of Health
    Catherine will be presenting one of the first sessions after lunch on March 2, which is titled “Mind-body practices and the brain’s role in the perception and management of pain”. She is one of several professionals from the National Institutes of Health who will be presenting at the Symposium, including Linda Nebeling, PhD and Ann Berger, MSN, MD.
  • Mary Hesdorffer, MS, APRN, Executive Director – Meso Foundation
    Mary will not only be opening and closing the Symposium, she’ll also be leading many of the clinical discussions on March 3. You can hear from her in the clinical discussions after “From Nature to the Clinic – Managing Side Effects of Radiotherapy for Cancer Treatment” and “Research and Development” sessions.
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2015 ADAO Asbestos Awareness Conference: “Where Knowledge and Action Unite”


Asbestos is a known carcinogen, yet it’s still used in the United States. Additionally, many people don’t understand the connection between asbestos and serious diseases like mesothelioma, or even where asbestos is used. As an advocate for asbestos victims, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) works to bring awareness through its 11th Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference.

2015-AAC-Date-BORDER-FINAL-450x438The theme for the 2015 conference is “Where Knowledge and Action Unite”. The event will take place on April 17-19 in Washington D.C., and will feature more than 30 notable experts and asbestos victims from ten countries. These experts will present information on the latest advancements in disease prevention, global advocacy and mesothelioma and asbestos-related disease treatments.

The primary four sessions of the 2015 conference will cover the following topics:

  • Progress and Challenges from the Frontline
  • Medical Advancements
  • Prevention
  • Advocacy

The event begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 18 with registration and a continental breakfast, concluding for the day at 5 p.m. Sunday’s sessions will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will conclude at 11:30 a.m. The full agenda is shown here.

ADAO is the only nonprofit organizing conferences dedicated solely to preventing asbestos exposure and eliminating asbestos-based diseases.

Simmons Hanly Conroy is proud to be a Platinum Sponsor of the 2015 conference.… Read the rest

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2015 International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma to Take Place March 2 - 4


Even though mesothelioma is considered a rare disease, it affects thousands of people every year. Organizations like the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (MARF) are dedicated to finding a cure – and they do so through events like the International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma.

This year, the Meso Foundation’s symposium will take place on March 2 – 4 in Bethesda, Maryland. The event will be co-hosted by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and will take place on the grounds of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This is especially significant because the NIH is one of the world’s leading medical research centers.

Symposium3The 2015 Mesothelioma Symposium’s agenda is valuable to the general public as well as scientists and medical professionals. According to the foundation, nearly 100 mesothelioma experts will be sharing their work and collaborative opportunities to not only improve mesothelioma treatment, but to find a cure.

Sessions will cover a wide range of topics, including:

  • Pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma
  • Treatment
  • Clinical trials
  • Mesothelioma surgery
  • Mesothelioma prevention
  • Support groups, well-being and community sessions

The Symposium will conclude with Mesothelioma Advocacy Day on Wednesday, March 4, on Capitol Hill. This is a time for mesothelioma patients, caregivers, doctors and nurses to visit elected officials and educate them about the devastation of mesothelioma.… Read the rest

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Questions to Ask When Choosing a Mesothelioma Lawyer


When searching for a mesothelioma law firm to hire, it is important to ask the right questions. The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), an independent nonprofit dedicated to improving public health by preventing asbestos-related diseases and protecting the rights of asbestos victims, compiled a list of the top 10 questions to ask when hiring a mesothelioma lawyer.

Mesothelioma lawsuits can help families cover medical expenses and hold companies accountable for their negligence. Working with the right law firm for your situation can ensure a smooth and positive experience. Read the following questions from ADAO before meeting with a mesothelioma attorney to ensure you’re hiring the best lawyer for you.

  1. How many mesothelioma cases do you take each year?
  2. How long have you been trying mesothelioma cases?
  3. If my case goes to trial, will you be representing me in court?
  4. Have you tried a case to jury verdict recently, and if so, what was the result?
  5. How many of your mesothelioma cases were settled, and how many went to trial?
  6. How many of your verdicts withstood appeal?
  7. Does your firm list jury verdicts? If so, where?
  8. What is your average time to resolution in mesothelioma cases?
  9. What are my expected costs of pursuing the litigation?
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