A mass tort is a lawsuit involving multiple plaintiffs joined together in law suits against one or more defendants. Similar to a class action lawsuit, the plaintiffs share common questions of fact or law arising out of the same series of transactions or occurrences. However, mass tort cases are different from class action cases in many important ways.
Mass tort actions are typically pursued when one of the legal criteria for proceeding as a class action is not met, such as when different circumstances for each plaintiff outweigh common issues of fact. Mass torts generally involve:
- A large group of plaintiffs has allegedly been harmed
- Common defendants are alleged to have caused the harm
- The lawsuit is consolidated into one action
Mass tort claims are often brought when consumers are injured on a large scale by a defective product. For example, mass tort actions have been brought against the manufacturers of transvaginal mesh (TVM) and inferior vena cava (IVC) filters, defective medical devices that have caused numerous health complications for patients across the country.
If you have been injured as a result of a project defect that has also harmed many other consumers, it is important to select the right attorneys to represent you. Mass tort actions require an enormous investment of financial capital by the law firm and a large staff of attorneys, paralegals, and legal assistants to manage the litigation, documentation and other work associated with the case.
At DBJ, we have lawyers with extensive experience handling mass tort actions, as well as the financing and infrastructure in place to see your case through to a successful conclusion. Please call DBJ today at 1-800-875-5972 for a free consultation.