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SHC Building - DefaultwSimmons Hanly Conroy represents clients in mass tort and class action lawsuits and seeks justice for those harmed by dangerous or unfair business practices. Consumer protection class actions and mass tort litigation play a critical role in protecting American consumers and allow a large number of individuals to hold companies accountable for their bad conduct.

When a large corporation takes advantage of consumers, individuals often feel they have nowhere to turn. At Simmons Hanly Conroy, our experienced class action and mass tort lawyers want to hear your story and answer questions on whether or not pursuing litigation is right for you. Named shareholders Paul Hanly and Jayne Conroy lead the firm’s complex litigation, which includes the class action litigation and mass tort practice areas.

Class action means a group of consumers, who are hurt–financially, physically or both–by a single company, join together in a lawsuit against that company.

A Recent Class Action Success

Simmons Hanly Conroy attorneys represented a class of former Merrill Lynch financial advisors who claimed they were unlawfully deprived of deferred compensation accounts upon leaving the employ of Merrill. Aggressive litigation by Simmons Hanly Conroy attorneys caused Merrill Lynch to choose to settle the claims for more than $20 million, resulting in substantial compensation to the individual employees.

Our Mass Tort & Class Action Clients

We are a national law firm with offices coast to coast, and we have developed a proven track record representing individuals and families against large corporations in class action and mass tort litigations.

Our clients include:

The Difference Between Class Actions and Mass Torts

Shareholder Paul Hanly

Shareholder Paul Hanly

Most consumers have heard the term “class action,” but they are less familiar with “mass tort.” At Simmons Hanly Conroy, we handle both types of lawsuits: class action and mass torts. Class action is a lawsuit filed on behalf of a group of people who share unfortunate circumstances, damages or injuries. Consumers have the choice to join the class action suit. Most of the time, the injuries or damages suffered by each client are similar enough in nature that individual lawsuits would not be time or cost effective for anyone.

Mass tort lawsuits are different. In many cases, when defective drugs or devices harm or injure consumers, mass tort litigations are filed. Since drugs and devices can cause a wide range of different problems for each individual, these cases rarely fit in a single class. Any results from mass torts are determined on an individual basis by the unique circumstances associated with the person’s injuries.

Pharmaceutical Mass Torts

Simmons Hanly Conroy pharmaceutical attorneys have held leadership roles of national scope in dangerous drug and defective medical device mass tort litigations. If you have been harmed by large pharmaceutical companies, our attorneys can help you secure justice. Our current investigations in dangerous drugs and devices include the following:

  • Gynecomastia in young boys caused by Risperdal
  • Serious bleeding incidents caused by Xarelto
  • Cardiovascular injuries linked to testosterone replacement therapy
  • Sexual, mental and physical side effects caused by Propecia
  • Birth defects caused by Topamax
  • Injuries caused by transvaginal mesh
  • Antidepressant-related birth defects caused by Paxil, Zoloft, Lexapro, Celexa and Prozac
  • Recalled hip implants, including DePuy, ASR and Pinnacle
  • Diabetes caused by the use of Lipitor, a popular cholesterol-lowering drug
  • Off-label use of Zofran to treat morning sickness resulting in birth defects

Other Mass Tort Litigations

Shareholder Jayne Conroy

Shareholder Jayne Conroy

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.

If you believe you have been unjustly harmed by a large corporation, please contact us today for a free legal consultation by calling 1-866-468-8631 or filling out the form below.


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