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The Simmons Firm to Host Midwest Asbestos Litigation Conference
Date:9/16/2009

EAST ALTON, Ill., Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The Simmons firm, a leading national law firm in the fight against mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases and headquartered in East Alton, Ill., will host the first HarrisMartin's Midwest Asbestos Litigation Conference on Friday, September 25, at the Westin St. Louis.

Simmons' managing partner Michael Angelides will serve as a conference chair. Over the last decade, Angelides has helped recover millions of dollars on behalf of hundreds of clients suffering from mesothelioma and other asbestos-related cancers. He has extensive experience litigating personal injury and commercial cases in both federal and state courts.

The conference will bring together plaintiff and defendant experts from across the Midwest, plus researchers, pathologists, and others from the medical community, to discuss the growing need in the heartland and across the country to better understand recent advances in diagnosis of asbestos-related diseases and treatments, new landmark cases, and today's asbestos litigation arena as a whole.

"This is the first regional conference in the Midwest, and it's an important step," Angelides said. "Asbestos is a national problem, not something unique to geographical regions but the entire country."

He added, "Almost four decades since the Environmental Protection Agency listed asbestos as a hazardous air pollutant, the known poison continues to kill approximately 10,000 Americans each year. That's more than those who die from skin cancer and nearly the number who are slain in assaults with firearms.

"And the pace is only picking up. Just as the country spends billions on asbestos cleanup, our nation continues to import and consume almost 5 million pounds for use in everyday products. Asbestos use is responsible for the greatest occupational health crisis in world history. Now
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