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Syngenta Case Update: How Misleading Marketing Harmed the U.S. Corn Market

Switzerland-based Syngenta, the world’s largest crop chemicals company, is currently facing over 175 lawsuits in eight states by corn farmers, exporters, grain handlers and others who have been adversely impacted by the company’s false claims.

Syngenta Case UpdateThe lawsuits center around Syngenta seed products Agrisure Viptera and Agrisure Duracade that feature a genetically modified organism (GMO) strain.

At Simmons Hanly Conroy, every GMO corn lawsuit case is personal. Illinois corn growers and exporters—like Decatur-based Trans Coastal Supply Company— are our neighbors. We’ve seen the impact of Syngenta’s actions first-hand.

What’s Next?

Not a single one of our clients impacted by the false claims made by Syngenta got into corn farming to become rich. They are second, third generation farmers—hard-working people who get up before the sun every day, rain or shine. These are people who run family-owned, mid-sized exporting businesses. They have suffered tremendous losses, and we are committed to helping them recover and get back to the business of growing and selling corn.

We are working tirelessly to help our clients recover what they have lost through Syngenta lawsuits—seeking damages to compensate for the impact of Syngenta’s actions on our clients.

The cases have been consolidated under pending multidistrict litigation (MDL). In December 2014, the MDL was assigned to U.S.… Read the rest


Asbestos and Mesothelioma News Wrap Up: February 2015

The mesothelioma lawyers at Simmons Hanly Conroy are committed to giving you the latest asbestos and mesothelioma news. Below is a group of some of the most recent news stories covering asbestos exposure, mesothelioma research and other headlines from throughout the world.

  • 3 plead guilty to role in large asbestos release in MI
    Three suspects have pleaded guilty for their roles in what could be the largest asbestos release in Michigan since 1971. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that cleanup could cost as much as $1.03 million, according to court documents.
  • Announcing the winner of the 2015 Outstanding Nurse Award
    The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (MARF) has announced the second annual winner of the June Breit and Jocelyn Farrar Outstanding Nurse Award – Joanna Redondo of the Hillman Cancer Center. After initial nominations and the selection of five finalists, community voting led to the selection of Joanne as the 2015 winner.
  • Meet the 2015 ADAO Conference keynote speakers: Dr. Jorma Rantanen and Susan Vento
    The keynote speakers for this year’s ADAO Asbestos Awareness Conference have been announced. Dr. Jorma Rantanen is a specialist in occupational health and served for 30 years as the Director General of the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health.
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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


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 40 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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