With mass torts, each plaintiff, although part of a large group, is treated as an individual.
The lawyers of Lundy, Lundy, Soileau & South have many years of experience with mass tort litigation. How is a Mass Tort different from a Class Action?
A tort is a civil (as opposed to a criminal) wrong committed by one person or corporation that results in injury to another person. The person or corporation that commits the tort is legally responsible for the harm suffered by the victim. The victim, if he or she sues, becomes a plaintiff. The party sued is the defendant. The plaintiff typically sues the defendant to recover damages.
A mass tort involves numerous plaintiffs suing one defendant (or several defendants) who acted negligently. In most mass tort cases, the various individual plaintiffs’ claims must be based on a single product or incident.
Mass tort litigation can take on various forms:
Two of the most frequent mass tort claims are:
Procedurally, both class action and mass tort proceedings provide a more efficient means of navigating injured clients through the court system.
There are advantages and disadvantages to becoming part of a mass tort. Lundy, Lundy, Soileau & South’s attorneys have vast experience in mass tort litigation and can help evaluate your claim to determine the best course of action for your particular issue.
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