What is the Difference Between a Class Action Lawsuit and a Mass Tort Claim?
In a class action lawsuit, a single injured person brings a lawsuit on behalf of an entire group, or “class,” of unnamed people who all theoretically share the same injury from the same illegal conduct. The court looks at the allegations and determines whether there is, in fact, a “class” of people similarly injured and whether a single “class action” lawsuit is the best way to determine what damages that group suffered.
In a mass tort, many individuals will bring separate lawsuits regarding the same damaging circumstance. A court will then consolidate all or part of these separate lawsuits together using a variety of methods under the law. Mass torts are how the majority of pharmaceutical cases are handled. In many of these cases, although all plaintiffs have been injured in some way, the injuries may differ from victim to victim—and each one of these plaintiffs will have their own trial.
If you feel your health has been put at risk by the use of or exposure to Roundup, Johnson & Johnson Baby Power or Truvada, contact the mass tort attorneys at Cueto Law at 618-277-1554. Through our extensive experience and consciencous management of our caseload, we can give your claim the attention it deserves and bring your story to those who need to hear it most.