Class Action and Mass Tort Litigation
Simmons Hanly Conroy represents individuals who were harmed by a corporation’s dangerous or unfair business practices. Class action lawsuits play a critical role in protecting American consumers and allow a large group of individuals to hold companies accountable for their bad conduct.
What Are Class Action Lawsuits?
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. When a large corporation takes advantage of consumers, individuals often feel they have nowhere to turn. A class action lawsuit can provide an option for residents, communities and other groups of similarly situated people.
Featured Class Action Case Areas
Simmons Hanly Conroy class action attorneys have experience litigating cases that involve people from around the country. Shareholders Paul Hanly, Jayne Conroy and Mitchell Breit lead the firm’s class action litigation practice.
If you have been harmed by a large company, our attorneys may be able to help you secure justice. Our current class action lawsuits include the following:
Additional Class Action Experience
Our clients include:
- Corn farmers impacted by Syngenta misleading marketing
- Owners of Volkswagen motor vehicles
- Owners of Toyota motor vehicles
- Victims of environmental disasters
- Mutual fund investors
- Homeowners in foreclosure actions
- Purchasers of paperless tickets to entertainment events
- Purchasers of vacation “time share” units
- Franchisees of a national income tax return preparation service
$15.9 Billion Settlement for Owners of Vehicles Involved in Volkswagen Emission Scandal
A total of $15.9 billion in a class action lawsuit was awarded to the owners of Volkswagen diesel vehicles that had secret software installed to falsely pass emission tests. More than $10 billion of the settlement was for buybacks of 2.0-liter diesel vehicles and owner compensation. Another $1.2 billion was for buybacks of 3.0-liter diesel vehicles and the remaining $4.7 billion went to offsetting excess emissions.
Shareholder Jayne Conroy serves on the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee of the Volkswagen MDL.
$1.5 Billion Global Settlement for Corn Farmers Misled by Syngenta
Syngenta agreed to pay $1.51 billion to the members of a class of U.S. farmers who either grew corn or rent land for growing corn. The result was considered by some to be the largest monetary award to-date in a court case involving agriculture.
The subject of the case was Syngenta’s Agrisure Viptera corn, a strain that had been genetically modified to be resistant to insects. While Viptera had been approved in 2010 for sale in the United States, it did not have such acceptance in corn markets worldwide, which class members allege was responsible for economic chaos within the U.S. corn market.
Simmons Hanly Conroy Shareholder Jayne Conroy served on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the Syngenta MIR 162 MDL.
$1.1 Billion to Victims of Toyota Unintended Acceleration
Automotive manufacturer Toyota Motors agreed to settle the class action brought by Simmons Hanly Conroy clients and others arising out of economic losses that millions of Toyota owners suffered following a rash of unintended acceleration events in 2009 and 2010. The total value of the settlement is more than $1.1 billion.
The settlement followed three years of hard-fought litigation in which Simmons Hanly Conroy partner Jayne Conroy played a leading role, having been appointed by United States District Judge James Selna as a member of the plaintiffs’ leadership team in the case, and in which several Simmons Hanly Conroy clients are serving as representatives of the class of Toyota owners economically injured.
Hundreds of Million to Families Impacted by 9/11 Terrorist Attack
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.
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