What’s the Difference Between A Mass Tort and a Class Action Law Suit?

Legal terms can sometimes be confusing. Something may sound similar but have vastly different meanings. Many people have heard the terms “mass tort” and “class action lawsuit,” but they may not know what makes the two personal injury claims different. What is a Tort? First, let’s define tort; both actions involve torts. A tort is… read more

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J&J Prepares to Pay $4 Billion to Settle Talc Lawsuits

In a recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Johnson & Johnson (J&J) reserved $4 billion for litigation related to its talc-based products. The funds could be used to cover legal expenses related to baby powder and Shower to Shower lawsuits and claims, including jury verdicts and settlements. J&J is currently fighting approximately… read more

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What is a Bellwether Trial?

Have you seen the commercials looking for people who were injured or made ill by a product or medication? Those commercials could be linked to a bellwether trial, a test trial used to see how a sample jury might view the evidence in a specific type of case, usually mass torts or multidistrict litigation. What… read more

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First Bellwether Trial in 3M Earplug MDL Set to Begin

The first bellwether trial in the 3M Combat Arms Earplug Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) is set to begin on April 5, 2021. The purpose of a bellwether trial is to test a case that is representative of the cases included in the MDL. The process can help move other cases along and help parties decide if… read more

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Manufacturers of Generic Drugs Off the Hook in Zantac MDL 

Plaintiffs in the Zantac multi-district litigation (MDL) received a blow when a judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida ruled in favor of the generic defendants in the case. The judge granted a Motion to Dismiss filed by the generic defendants. The result is that the generic defendants are… read more

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3M Facing Largest Multi-District Litigation Action in Nation’s History in Combat Arms Earplug Dispute

All eyes are on what is shaping up to be the biggest mass tort lawsuit in decades. The lawsuit does not involve asbestos, talc powder, Roundup, or any of the usual suspects. The biggest mass tort lawsuit of the decade may involve an earplug of all things. The defendant is 3M, the manufacturer of earplugs… read more

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