Other Mass Tort Litigations
Mass tort litigation also includes other types of complex litigation, including consumer protection and environmental litigation. Mass tort cases the firm has represented include vehicle owners in the Toyota Unintended Acceleration, property owners and businesses harmed during the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and family members of the September 11 victims.
Toyota Unintended Acceleration
One recent lawsuit, where Simmons Hanly Conroy worked on behalf of consumers, was the Unintended Acceleration Toyota recall.Our firm has been at the front lines of litigation surrounding Toyota’s recent series of massive recalls due to serious injuries involving incidents of unintended acceleration.
September 11 Litigation
We are proud to have represented thousands of family members of September 11 victims in their suits against financial sponsors of terrorism and against airlines and airport security companies. Working directly with Ronald L. Motley in this litigation, Simmons Hanly Conroy co-founder Jayne Conroy was appointed to a leadership role on the Plaintiffs Executive Committee for Personal Injury and Death Claims. She, and other firm mass tort attorneys, represented the consolidated cases against the airlines and security companies in the multidistrict litigation against the financial sponsors of terrorism. In 2007, the litigation was settled for hundreds of millions of dollars in payments to clients of the firm. The firm also represented property owners who suffered financial injury as a result of the September 11 attacks.
Sex Abuse in Catholic Institutions
Simmons Hanly Conroy represented 24 Haitian victims of child sexual abuse committed in Haiti by a formerly-lauded American graduate of Fairfield University. In July 2013, Simmons Hanly Conroy, as co-counsel, was involved in negotiating a landmark $12 million settlement of this sex abuse case against a Catholic school in Haiti. The settlement involved 24 consolidated sex abuse cases – originally brought in 2011 in federal court in Connecticut – alleging negligent supervision of a convicted pedophile, who is now servicing 19 years in federal prison. The $12 million settlement resulted in a per-victim payment of $500,000 gross and attorneys’ fees of $3.6 million. Payment of the $12 million was made at the end of June 2013. The settlement was paid by defendants the Society of Jesus of New England, Fairfield University, the Order of Malta, Hope Carter and Father Paul Carrier. The lawsuits accused the defendants of not properly supervising the activities of the pedophile in his running of a school for underprivileged boys in Cap Haitien, Haiti, from the late 1990s until around 2010. Simmons Hanly Conroy continues to represent Haitian victims who have recently come forward and has filed additional litigation.
Why Choose Simmons Hanly Conroy
Simmons Hanly Conroy is among the leading national law firms that help people and small businesses that have been harmed by larger corporations. With approximately 70 attorneys and nationally headquartered in the Midwest, the firm has the experience and resources necessary to hold larger companies accountable for their actions that harmed others. Since 1999, the firm has recovered over $5 billion in verdicts and settlements on behalf of its clients.