Mass Tort Law
Mass Tort Law can often be referred to as class action law. Mass Tort Law can be litigated in many different types of practice areas, such as defective drugs law, product liability law, employment discrimination law, and others. These laws are governed on both state and federal levels. Most of the time mass torts involve a large number of plaintiffs with a common claim regarding a product, drug, or unfair business practices. The parties involved share a common injury or damage but do not necessarily have to be close geographically. When the facts about a companies’ negligence and legal issues are similar, the parties involved may come together to bring a legal action against the party or company responsible for the tort. Such examples of mass tort law can involve suing a manufacturer for a faulty product that has caused many injuries or when a big company accused of a being responsible for a pattern of discriminatory action has caused damage to many employees, job applicants, clients, customers, etc. As you may have seen advertised on TV, when a class action lawsuit is successful, anyone who feels they belong to the “defined class” will then be given a certain period of time to bring forth a claim and their right to a portion of the damages that may have been recovered. You are not required to file your claim with the group; however, if you wish, you may file your own separate suit. There are several torts that have been brought to the public’s attention that we feel you should know about. Please read the resources listed below for more information regarding each tort and become familiar with the individual details. If you feel you belong to any of these areas, call Christensen & Hymas for a free consultation today.
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