Mass Torts

Have you or a loved one been affected by a defective product, dangerous drug, or environmental hazard? If so, you could be entitled to significant compensation. But getting that compensation is no simple task, especially when going up against large corporations with deep pockets.

But you don’t have to walk this path alone. Gregg M. Goldfarb, LLP, partners with top-tier law firms that handle mass tort litigation and know how to get you the recovery you deserve.

Contact Gregg today to discuss the specifics of your case in a free consultation session. You’ll learn more about how a nationwide mass tort lawyer can help you seek justice.

What Are Mass Torts?

Mass torts are civil legal actions that involve multiple parties (plaintiffs) suing one or several other parties (defendants). These lawsuits seek accountability and compensation for harm caused by a product, pharmaceutical drug, medical device, or other negligent or intentionally harmful conduct.

In mass tort litigation, each plaintiff has an individual claim. However, because many people have suffered harm by the same entity, handling all the claims together is more efficient.

What Are the Differences Between Mass Torts and Class Actions?

In a class action, a representative plaintiff, through an attorney, sues on behalf of a larger group, or “class,” who have all been affected similarly by the defendant’s actions. In mass torts, each plaintiff retains their individual claim because their injuries can vary widely in nature and severity.

Another distinction is that a single judgment or settlement coordinated by a lawyer is divided among the members of a class action, often leading to smaller individual awards. In a mass tort, each plaintiff can receive a different payout based on their specific circumstances, potentially leading to larger recoveries for some.

What Is a Multidistrict Litigation (MDL)?

Multidistrict litigation (MDL) is a procedure that accelerates the process of handling complex cases like mass torts that are pending in multiple federal districts. In an MDL, cases with common issues of fact get consolidated into a single federal court for pretrial proceedings.

Unlike class actions, the cases in an MDL remain separate and individual. If settlements aren’t reached during the MDL, the cases can get sent back to their original jurisdictions for individual trials.