What do you do when the medical device or prescription drug your doctor said would make you better, instead makes things worse? Simmons Hanly Conroy, the national law firm sponsoring ConsumerSafety.Law, has helped thousands of consumers just like you answer this question.
The lawyers and staff at Simmons Hanly Conroy regularly help consumers stand up to the largest drug companies in the world. Keep reading to learn how everyday people decided enough was enough, took a stand, and won.
Consumers, with the lawyers at Simmons Hanly Conroy by their sides, have held corporations accountable for more than $5 billion in verdicts and settlements.
Federal Multidistrict Litigation Settlements in Pharmaceutical Mass Torts
Our pharmaceutical attorneys, led by Shareholders Paul Hanly and Jayne Conroy, have held court-appointed leadership roles in pharmaceutical cases of national scope. These cases are called multidistrict litigations. It’s not uncommon for these cases, if they settle, to settle for millions or even billions of dollars. Any results are then divided among the injured consumers.
Multidistrict litigation (MDL) happens when hundreds or thousands of similar cases filed in state courts around the country are consolidated into a centralized federal court before one judge who oversees the case. This judge then appoints a leadership team of attorneys from various experienced law firms to litigate the MDL. To be appointed, attorneys must have a track record of experience in the litigation area and have the resources necessary to litigate the cases.
A sampling of ConsumerSafety.Law advocates’ ongoing results in multidistrict litigation cases are below.
$1.5 billion | On-going
As part of her leadership role on the Plaintiff Steering Committee for the DePuy Pinnacle MDL, Ms. Conroy served on the trial team for multiple bellwether trials. Currently, more than 8,500 cases are pending in the MDL while the litigation works its way through the bellwether trial process. These trials have resulted in substantial victories for consumers.
$1 billion jury verdict in third bellwether trial | December 2016
A jury held Johnson & Johnson accountable for its defective DePuy Pinnacle hip implant product by levying $1 billion in punitive damages against the drug company. The trial lasted nearly two months. The jury deliberated for one day before rending its verdict.
The award highlighted the overwhelming evidence against J&J for its misrepresentation and fraud regarding the product. For example, evidence presented during trial showed the company lied about clinical trial results and sold the implants without human testing.
“This is a significant victory for the plaintiffs, who have suffered major injuries caused by these injuries,” Ms. Conroy said. “The evidence presented in the testimony against J&J told the deeper story of how the science was manipulated in order to sell the product.”
$502 million jury verdict in second bellwether trial | March 2016
In March 2016, Ms. Conroy and the lead trial team secured a $502 million jury verdict during the second trial for five patients harmed by Pinnacle hip implants. The trial lasted 37 days and the jury deliberated for 5 days.
Our legal team continues to be on the front lines of the DePuy Pinnacle trials and is working to help resolve over 8,500 cases currently pending in the Pinnacle MDL.
In re DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2244 (N.D. Tex. Jan. 9, 2012)
$2.3 billion global settlement | Resolved Spring 2015
Shareholders Jayne Conroy served as a court-appointed member of the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee for the Actos MDL. The litigation included more than 3,500 users of the popular diabetes drug Actos who alleged the drug caused bladder cancer and other serious health problems.
Actos Product Liability MDL: In Re Actos (Pioglitazone) Products Liability Litigation; 11-md-02299; U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana (Lafayette)
$299 million global settlement | Resolved July 2013
Shareholders Jayne Conroy, David Miceli and Clinton Fisher served on the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee for the Chantix MDL in which more than 2,500 users of the smoking cessation drug alleged the drug increased the risk of suicide, suicidal thoughts and behaviors.
In re: Chantix (Varenicline) Products Liability Litigation 2:09-cv-02039; MDL No. 2092
$1.69 billion global settlement | Resolved Fall 2012
Shareholders Jayne Conroy and Trent Miracle held leadership positions on the federal YAZ MDL. The litigation included thousands of users of the popular birth control who alleged Bayer, the drug’s manufacturer, aggressively engaged in misleading marketing and failed to warn of the increased risk of causing serious, fatal complications. In addition to litigating the case for hundreds of clients, firm attorneys also helped negotiate the final global settlement of $1.69 billion dollars for all women harmed by the drug.
In re: Yasmin and YAZ (Drospirenone) Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation MDL No. 2100
Simmons Hanly Conroy pharmaceutical attorneys also represent individual cases and have secured significant results.
$75 million | Resolved 2006
Shareholders Paul Hanly and Jayne Conroy spearheaded the firm’s representation of 5,000 individuals in litigation against Purdue Pharma and Abbott Laboratories, alleging our clients’ addictions to the opiate OxyContin was a result of the manufacturers’ fraudulent marketing campaign that claimed the drug was not as addictive as other alternative drugs. At the time, the firm was the only major plaintiffs’ firm in the country to prosecute such claims. Following a 3-year battle that included individually filing 1,200 cases in various courts across the nation, Purdue Pharma settled all 5,000+ of our clients’ claims. Because our legal advocates proved the full extent of Purdue’s criminality during the lawsuit’s discovery phase, the U.S. Department of Justice used our team’s work to prosecute Purdue and levy fines of more than $600 million.
Additional results for individuals and their families harmed by dangerous drugs include the following:
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Simmons Hanly Conroy, the national law firm sponsoring ConsumerSafety.Law, helps everyday people who were hurt when companies choose profits over people’s safety. Many of these people were trying to live healthier lives or manage a chronic condition. They did their due diligence to make informed consumer choices. Yet, they were deceived by the companies responsible for protecting them.
When they turned to our legal team, they weren’t expecting anything. They just wanted someone to listen. Our team not only listened, they showed people like Tom who got cancer from Actos or Tanya who was seriously hurt by Yaz, how to stand up for their rights.
It is our mission to do what we can to help consumers hold big corporations, like drug companies, accountable for selling dangerous drugs and medical devices without properly warning consumers of serious side effects.
If you or a loved one has been harmed by a dangerous drug or a defective medical device, we are here for you too. Contact us for a free legal consultation.
* Please note that recovery results vary per client. The recovery amounts in each case reflect the specific facts of that case. Further, recovery amounts in past cases are not a guarantee of future results.
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