Conroy to Represent All Affected Parties Seeking Justice for Devastating Train Derailment
ALTON, Ill. – Simmons Hanly Conroy, one of the nation’s leading mass tort litigation firms dedicated to holding corporations responsible for wrongdoing, today announced that attorney and Named Shareholder Jayne Conroy has been selected as co-lead and interim class counsel to represent plaintiffs in the case against Norfolk Southern, the company responsible for the East Palestine train derailment that occurred on February 3.
“Through the relentless pursuit of profit over safety, Norfolk Southern upended and drastically impacted thousands of lives and businesses,” said Jayne Conroy, Shareholder at Simmons Hanly Conroy. “This suit not only seeks to right these wrongs but to ensure the safety of the people in the affected areas immediately and in the long term.”
Due to the nature of this case, the court has appointed both Co-Lead and Interim Class Counsel as it is an ongoing event affecting potentially thousands of residents, property owners, and businesses in East Palestine, Ohio and the surrounding area, all of whom are members of the putative classes that have been proposed.
Set forth by Judge Benita Y. Pearson in the Northern District of Ohio Eastern Division, Youngstown, the Feezle Leadership Group will be led by Jayne Conroy of Simmons Hanly Conroy LLC, Seth A. Katz of Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C. and M. Elizabeth Graham of Grant & Eisenhofer P.A. and Michael Morgan of Morgan & Morgan, P.A.
Simmons Hanly Conroy, the first firm to file a class action lawsuit against the railroad, already have conducted significant work in identifying and investigating the potential claims. As co-lead and interim class counsel, Jayne and the firm will represent area residents affected by the spill and seek to hold the railroad accountable for both chemical exposure and property damage caused by the derailment.
The court has ordered that the plaintiffs file their Amended Complaint by May 4th, which will be the operative complaint and allegations going forward.
Since its inception, Simmons Hanly Conroy has helped tens of thousands of clients across the country harmed by corporate wrongdoing and recovered billions of dollars in judgements and settlements on their behalf.