Class Actions vs. Mass Torts Lawsuits
Some people are familiar with class action lawsuits and mass torts, but many do not understand the differences between the two. While class actions and mass torts both provide legal avenues for large groups of plaintiffs to pursue damages from the same pool of defendants, mass torts apply to a broader range of cases than class actions do.
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Differences Between Class Actions and Mass Torts
In a class action lawsuit, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23 establishes that, in order to certify a class, the lead plaintiff will have to satisfy certain prerequisites under 23(a) regarding class size, commonality of claims, common questions of law, and fair representation.
Rule 23(b) further enumerates three categories of class, and Rule 23(c) concerns timing and certification issues.
In a class action lawsuit, all class members receive the exact same damages award. Mass torts are different as they allow for plaintiffs to retain their own attorneys and some may receive larger awards than others.
Mass torts are a broad category of law, and federal mass tort claims are frequently consolidated as multidistrict litigation, a special procedure in which federal cases from around the country are transferred to one court.
Through multidistrict litigation, civil actions involving common questions of fact in different districts are transferred to a single court. This process usually allows the attorneys for plaintiffs to pool their resources.
The United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation determines when a group of federal civil cases from around the country should be consolidated into a single federal court.
Mass torts frequently involve lawsuits filed because of injuries arising from similar harms, such as defective products, dangerous drugs, medical devices, and train or plane accidents.
Mass torts can be divided into three categories. Mass Disaster Torts involve people affected by certain “Acts of God.”. Mass Toxic Torts usually involve pollution or similar hazards, and Product Liability Torts stem from claims against manufacturers of dangerous or defective products.
Over the years, a number of items have infamously been involved in mass tort claims, including:
- Agent Orange
- Transvaginal mesh
- Ortho Evra
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