Jayne Conroy, shareholder of Simmons Hanly Conroy, is appointed executive of Hair Relaxer Products at MDL

ALTON, Ill. (March 13, 2023) – Simmons Hanly Conroy, one of the nation’s largest mass tort law firms and the nation’s leader in representing mesothelioma patients and their families, is pleased to announce that Jayne Conroy, the firm’s named shareholder, Company has been appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee (PEC) for the Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

“It is an honor to be invited to lead this critical lawsuit that will help women seek justice and compensation when they are suffering from cancer and other harms caused by these chemical hair straightening products,” said Conroy.

Conroy, one of the nation’s pre-eminent trial attorneys, was named PEC for hair relaxers by US District Judge Mary M. Rowland. The case is In re: Hair Relaxer Marketing Sales Practices and Product Liability Litigation Litigation in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division.

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Studies have shown that chemical hair straighteners and flat irons contain several dangerous additives and chemicals that are known to cause cancer and can also disrupt a woman’s hormones. The hair straightening product lawsuit alleges that the use of chemical hair straighteners leads to cancer of the reproductive organs of the ovaries, uterus and endometrium, the lining of the womb.

The US Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, in February, ruled in favor of the plaintiffs due to the complexities of matters to be expected throughout the litigation, the variety of product defendants, and general issues of fact and law associated with each of the lawsuits Consolidation and centralization of all hair straightener claims as part of an MDL.

In addition to the PEC for the MDL Hair Straightener Infringement, Conroy serves or has served on dozens of other court-appointed governing bodies involved in complex litigation of national scope. These currently include:

Co-leader of the ongoing National Prescription Opiate Multidistrict Litigation before US District Judge Dan A. Polster in the Northern District of Ohio; Member of the leadership of Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in relation to: Social Media Adolescent Addiction/Personal Injury Products Liability Litigation, alleging that social media platforms encourage addictive behaviors in adolescents; and (addition here).

Conroy oversees operations in Simmons Hanly Conroy’s complex litigation practice. Under her leadership, the firm has grown to become one of the nation’s largest plaintiff law firms dedicated to assisting those injured by corporate wrongdoing. Conroy has helped secure billions of dollars in judgments and settlements for thousands of individuals, families and communities across the country. With more than three decades of legal experience, she focuses her practice exclusively on assisting plaintiffs in mass torts, class action, product liability, pharmaceutical and sexual abuse litigation.

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In 2022, Law360 named Conroy a “Titan of the Bar.” Previous honors include induction into the National Trial Lawyers Association’s Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame, election as a member of the exclusive American Law Institute, recognition as a winner of the Elite Women of the Plaintiffs Bar by the National Law Journal and the American Association for the Justice Lifetime Achievement Award.

About Simmons Hanly Conroy

Simmons Hanly Conroy is one of the nation’s largest mass tort law firms dedicated to helping victims of mesothelioma and asbestos-related cancers. Other primary litigation includes prescription opioids, sexual abuse, pharmaceuticals, consumer protection, environmental damage and personal injury. Lawyers have been appointed to handle numerous national litigation cases in multiple counties, including prescription opioids, Vioxx, Yaz and Toyota Unintended Acceleration. The law firm also represents small and medium-sized companies, inventors and entrepreneurs in commercial law matters. The firm’s attorneys’ passion for improving the lives of asbestos victims and their families extends to the firm’s contributions to mesothelioma cancer research and continued support through initiatives including the annual Miles for Meso 5K race and the Fun Run/Walk the office. The firm’s offices are located in New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, St. Louis and Alton, Illinois. Read more at www.simmonsfirm.com.

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