What is a Mass Tort?

A tort is a civil, as opposed to criminal, wrong that causes harm. That harm results in liability for the wrongdoer, subjecting them to legal action. After someone is injured, they can file a civil lawsuit seeking compensation for their damages. Often, one defendant’s actions cause harm to a large number of plaintiffs. When a civil wrong by a single defendant harms many plaintiffs in a similar way, the plaintiffs can join together to file a mass tort lawsuit. Mass tort cases may involve defective medical devices, asbestos exposure, unsafe prescription drugs, or harms caused by toxic chemicals. These torts can cause similar damages to hundreds, even thousands, of people.

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