Mass torts have become a powerful tool for litigating all manner of large, complex product liability cases. When hundreds of people file suit over the same product in order to obtain compensation for similar injuries, consolidation in a mass tort litigation will allow their cases to proceed more efficiently through courts, saving time and resource for all involved. Given these advantages, it’s no wonder that the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has considered motions for centralization in nearly 2,700 federal dockets since its formation in 1968. Many state courts have adopted similar procedures, resulting in the consolidation of countless additional cases.
If you are pursuing a product liability lawsuit for injuries related to a defective drug, medical device or consumer product, there is a good chance your case will be centralized as part of a mass tort on either the state or federal court level. Our Mass Tort Legal Library was developed with plaintiffs like you in mind. We hope it will answer many of the questions you might have about these complex legal proceedings and what centralization will mean for your case.