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War Veteran & Simmons Hanly Conroy Client Shares Inspirational Story in The Intelligencer


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Every war veteran experiences ordeals the average American may never hear about. But not every war veteran has a chance to share his stories with the world. For Conrad “Connie” Bauer, his chance came after filing an asbestos lawsuit through Simmons Hanly Conroy. Connie’s stories have since been shared through local news sources including The Intelligencer.

In Connie’s deposition, he shared several telling stories about his time in the military during World War II.  His military career began on April 14, 1944 when he signed up for the Marines at the age of 16 with parental permission. By 17, Connie found himself in the middle of one of the most infamous WWII invasions – the Battle of Iwo Jima.

During the battle, Connie was a Private – in charge of the group of 20 men – yet was the youngest of the men in his detail. He and his group, which was part of the 5th division of the 28th Marine Regiment, served as stretcher-bearers – they were in charge of carrying dying, wounded soldiers to safety, away from the front lines.

Altogether, Connie’s group rescued at least 200 men. One night alone, they saved 44 soldiers.

Connie also saved the lives of his troop.… Read the rest

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FDA Mandates Boxed Warning, Patient Checklist for Essure


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended on Nov. 15 a boxed warning and a patient checklist that highlights possible adverse events associated with the use of Essure, Bayer’s permanent contraception device.

The adverse events listed in the new FDA recommendation include:

  • Perforation of the uterus or fallopian tubes
  • Device migration
  • Hypersensitivity reactions
  • Persistent pain

Adverse Events Related to Essure

Over the past several years, the FDA has been investigating a growing number of adverse events associated with Essure. This review led the FDA to convene a meeting of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee on Sept. 24, 2015 to hear expert opinions as well as patient experiences related to the risks and benefits of Essure.

On the basis of this meeting and the comments received, the FDA concluded that some women are not receiving information explaining the risks or benefits of permanent birth control implants like Essure, and as a result, issued the boxed warning and decision guide.

History of Essure

The FDA approved Essure – permanent birth control without surgery – in 2002. It consists of a delivery system and nickel-containing permanent implants. Two metal coils are inserted through the vagina and implanted within each fallopian tube.… Read the rest

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Case Update: Volkswagen/Audi Diesel Emissions Scandal Settles for $14.7 Billion


Vehicle owners affected by the Volkswagen and Audi diesel emissions scandal can breathe a sigh of relief as a U.S. judge has officially approved a $14.7 billion settlement. A portion of the settlement – $10.33 billion – will go toward buybacks of 2.0-liter diesel vehicles and owner compensation, and another $4.7 billion will go towards programs to offset excess emissions. The German automaker will begin buying back applicable vehicles in December.

Owners of 3.0-liter vehicles are not included in this settlement. Attorneys are currently involved in pursuing a fair resolution as part of the settlement negotiation process for 3.0-liter TDI vehicle owners.

The settlement comes more than one year after Volkswagen admitted to installing secret software in its diesel vehicles to falsely pass emissions tests. Unbeknownst to automotive dealerships, car owners and the general public at the time, Volkswagen sold and leased these diesel vehicles to consumers nationwide and these vehicles have been emitting pollution up to 40 times the legal limit. The Volkswagen engineer responsible for helping the company dodge U.S. emission standards pleaded guilty last month, and the organization still faces ongoing criminal investigation.

Volkswagen must buy back or fix at least 85 percent of the 475,000 diesel Beetle, Golf, Jetta, Passat and Audi A3 cars from 2009 to 2015 model years all covered under the settlement.… Read the rest

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Simmons Hanly Conroy’s Expungement Days Change Lives for the Better


For the second time in months, a dozen attorneys from Simmons Hanly Conroy donated their services for an Expungement Day. Teaming up with the Third Judicial Circuit Court, Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Madison County Circuit Clerk’s Office, the law firm worked with individuals to wipe their records clean and improve their lives.

These individuals were not just anyone. They were people who had once made a mistake, but were now looking to better their lives and move on.

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“One of the lousy things about having a record is that it sticks with you forever, and there are so many people like that,” said attorney and Simmons Hanly Conroy shareholder Ted Gianaris, in an article by The Intelligencer. The purpose of an Expungement Day is to allow people with minor offenses to begin improving their lives.

In many cases, having a minor offense on a record can make it difficult to move on and make progress. Getting a job or joining the military can become problematic, for example, yet both can be positive steps towards self-improvement.

“Something as simple as a disorderly conduct charge from years ago that was never resolved can snowball and become an impediment to re-entering the workforce or applying for assistance,” Gianaris said.… Read the rest

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In the News: ‘Eye-popping’ $502 Million Verdict Holds Johnson & Johnson, DePuy Accountable for Defective Hip Implants


A Texas jury awarded a $502 million verdict last Thursday to five plaintiffs injured by Pinnacle hip implant devices. The verdict, called ‘eye-popping’ by Law360, holds Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and DePuy Orthopedics accountable for manipulating the science in order to market the defective device.

The bellwether trial lasted 37 days filled with long hours of testimony and evidence exhibits. My colleague, shareholder Jayne Conroy, was on the front lines with the legal team that did ground-breaking work in the courtroom, presenting evidence of hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes to orthopedic surgeons.

The result was not just a huge victory for these five patients, but for the thousands of patients around the country who have also suffered serious injuries as a result of hip implants. It is both Jayne’s and my expectation that this verdict will have a significant impact regarding a possible global settlement.

Read the firm’s official announcement here.

Since the announcement, news of the verdict has been making headlines. A compilation of the articles is below.

Jury Awards $502 Million Total to Plaintiffs in 5 Separate Cases at Conclusion of Pinnacle Hip Implant Consolidated MDL Trial, HarrisMartin Publishing, By HarrisMartin Staff

Johnson & Johnson Must Pay $502 million Over Hip Devices, Modern Healthcare, By Lisa Schencker

J&J Ordered to pay $502 million over Pinnacle hip failures, Chicago Tribune, By Tom Korosec and Jef Feeley

Johnson & Johnson Must Pay $500 Million to 5 Plaintiffs in Hip Implant Case, Fortune

J&J Patients Won $498M Verdict With Rare Scope of Evidence, Law360, By Sindhu Sundar

Johnson & Johnson hit with $500 million verdict in hip implant trial, Reuters, By Jessica Dye

J&J Ordered to Pay $502 Million Over Pinnacle Hip Failures, Bloomberg Business, By Tom Korosec and Jef Feeley… Read the rest

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