A mass tort is a civil action against one or a few corporations by many plaintiffs. To prevent clogging the courts with multiple individual cases, actions against corporate defendants are often consolidated into a mass tort. In federal court, mass torts may spread across many areas of the country as multi-district litigation.
People sometimes wonder what the difference is between a mass tort and a class action suit. Class action suits are consolidated, like mass torts. But in a class action suit, a corporation has similarly injured plaintiffs. For example, the Cheater Phone Company has been charging customers for a service they did not receive. In a class action suit, plaintiffs have basically the same complaint, the harm is not egregious, and the suits would not be worth filing individually.
On the other hand, there are 3 main types of mass torts, disaster, toxic and product liability. In this type of action, unlike class action suits, plaintiffs have not been injured in similar ways. For example, in the case of defective drugs, each person may react differently and receive different harm from the drug. Plaintiffs may have been injured only moderately or a great deal. Mass torts are often brought against defective products or drugs, and these actions can be very complicated. Sometimes they involve a large network of attorneys sharing information.
If a dangerous or defective drug has injured you, you need a good pharmaceutical litigation attorney. Many people suffer lifetime consequences from bad drugs, affecting their health, family life and job. Salim-Beasley LLC has 30 years of experience representing clients who’ve been injured by big pharmaceutical companies. Mr. Robert Salim understands the complexities of mass torts and has won many verdicts of a million dollars or more. His combined resources are ready to go against Merck, Pfizer, AstraZeneca and more.
If a dangerous drug has harmed you, you deserve justice and compensation. Drug companies make billions, and you need an advocate who can fight back. At Salim-Beasley LLC, we have proven experience. Be sure to contact our firm, so we can advise you today.