History

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The Conte Foundation was formed to Stop Needless Injuries

We live in the greatest country in the world. Yet, every day people across this land are seriously injured or worse when companies put consumer safety at risk. It’s not right. And it’s reasonable to ask that corporations do the right thing.

Unfortunately, too often they don’t. The Conte Foundation was born from one such example.

Elizabeth Conte Conte was living a quiet life as she aged, and like many of us, she relied on a small number of prescription drugs to maintain the quality of her life. One of those drugs is known by the brand name of Reglan. When she took it as her doctor recommended, it helped relieve the symptoms of acid reflux. What she didn’t know, though, was that there was a hidden danger in her Reglan medicine, a danger that would change her life. While the company had seen independent research that showed long-term use of Reglan dramatically increased the risk of devastating side effects, her doctors were misled to believe that the risks of serious injury were comparatively rare.

Mrs. Conte ended up trading heart burn for brain damage. Her Reglan use caused changes in her brain chemistry that sparked spontaneous and frequent movements of her lips and mouth.

Mrs. Conte was the victim of corporate irresponsibility. When she found out that her suffering could have easily been avoided, she took advantage of living in America. She sued them. It took years with drug company lawyers fighting her at every step, but in the end, they paid her for the injuries they had caused and that she would continue to endure for the rest of her life.

The thing that makes Mrs. Conte’s case different from the thousands of similar lawsuits filed every year is that she had a unique plan for what she wanted to do with the money the drug company would pay her and her lawyer. She didn’t want it for herself, though she lives a very modest life on a fixed income. She told her lawyer that he should take the money she would get and find a way to use it that could help make wrongdoers who cause injury to others more accountable so that what happened to her would not happen to others. And with that act of generosity, The Conte Foundation was born.

When Mrs. Conte committed 100% of her settlement to creating the Foundation, her lawyer, Ralph Pittle, said he would give all his fees from her case to the Foundation, as well. From that act came the idea to ask attorneys to match their client’s commitment up to 5%. It makes sense that those The Conte Foundation is relying on for funding are the ones who have been in the trenches fighting for what they deserve from the big companies. The people who may be receiving monetary compensation and want to take action to prevent similar harm to other people.