The mesothelioma lawyers at Simmons Hanly Conroy have gathered some of this week’s headlines, offering information on asbestos exposure, mesothelioma research, and support. 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has conducted asbestos testing in Conley Park and the former North Little Rock Auto Salvage Center. The North Little Rock Salvage Site, which operated from 1953 to 1989, was used as a vermiculite processing facility. The vermiculite came from a mine located in Libby, Montana, which was later found to be infected with asbestos. The EPA is reporting that some asbestos contamination has been found in both the old processing plant as well as parts of the surrounding area.

Throughout the year 2011, the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation continued its efforts towards increasing awareness of mesothelioma cancer and increasing funding towards the development of new mesothelioma treatment  advancements. In addition to funding its research programs, the foundation’s many efforts included providing patient service programs, advocating in Washington for funding, and leading local-centric awareness campaigns in cities, towns, and states around the United States. The Firm is proud to support the Meso Foundation.

  • Asbestos-Warning Signs Alert Buffalo Residents

Residents of a Buffalo apartment complex were alarmed when asbestos-warning signs were suddenly posted at their Marine Drive Apartment building. The signs, which were initially posted without any further notice, left residents wondering if they were at risk for asbestos exposure. These warnings were a result of asbestos materials being found and removed from the apartment complex in August. The warning notices also confirmed the possible presence of asbestos containing materials being present throughout the building, including floor tile, linoleum, plaster ceilings, heating pipes and caulking. Officials are noting that currently only common areas, the boiler room and the maintenance room are affected. 

Pinnacle Biologics, Inc., a bio-pharmaceutical company, has received FDA approval for an Orphan Drug Designation (ODD) for their product PHOTOFRIN® (porfimer sodium). Pinnacle will evaluate the current clinical data, in hopes to bring this important treatment option to patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma.

  • Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization Announces Honorees:  Dedicated to providing education, advocacy and community initiatives for asbestos victims, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) has announced its honorees and keynote speaker for the 8th Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference. The event, which will be held March 30 to April 1, 2012 in Los Angeles, CA, will bring together experts, activists and asbestos victims in one single forum. The focus of which is to enhance asbestos awareness, education, treatment, and collaboration. The Firm is proud to support ADAO.


Please note that if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, the mesothelioma lawyers from Simmons Hanly Conroy are here to offer guidance, information and legal counsel. We are committed to helping families affected by mesothelioma and are a leading supporter of mesothelioma research throughout the country.  For more information, call our law firm today for a free consultation at 1-855-264-6270 or contact us online