Best Lawyers for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs in America

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Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation Mass Tort Litigation Litigation - Labor and Employment Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Oakland, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation Aviation Law Railroad Law Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Transportation Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Consumer Protection Law Litigation - Securities Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Litigation - ERISA
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Alton, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Alton, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Roseland, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law Personal Injury Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation Criminal Defense: General Practice Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Admiralty and Maritime Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Costa Mesa, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Consumer Protection Law Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Consumer Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Litigation - Environmental Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Consumer Protection Law Litigation - Securities
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Environmental Appellate Practice Mass Tort Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Alton, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1987
  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation Mass Tort Litigation Product Liability Litigation Aviation Law Consumer Protection Law Transportation Law Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1997
  • Location:
    Augusta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Environmental Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Litigation - Environmental Consumer Law Personal Injury Litigation Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Newport News, Virginia Richmond, Virginia Harrisonburg, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Banking and Finance Consumer Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Consumer Protection Law Qui Tam Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Fort Worth, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Labor and Employment Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Litigation - First Amendment Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental Mass Tort Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Kansas City, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Professional Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Lewiston, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Civil Rights Law Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Litigation - Antitrust Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Environmental Law Personal Injury Litigation Litigation - Environmental Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation Workers' Compensation Law - Claimants Personal Injury Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Workers' Compensation Law Product Liability Litigation Transportation Law Workers' Compensation Law - Claimants Personal Injury Litigation Construction Law Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Civil Rights Law Medical Malpractice Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Sikeston, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Commercial Litigation Litigation - Trusts and Estates
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Appellate Practice Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Professional Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Admiralty and Maritime Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Appellate Practice Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Niskayuna, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Workers' Compensation Law - Claimants Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Edwardsville, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
David A. Borkovic was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

David A. Borkovic

Jones, Gregg, Creehan & Gerace, LLP
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Kansas City, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Banking and Finance Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Antitrust Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Litigation - Antitrust Criminal Defense: White-Collar Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Lake Oswego, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Lewiston, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1999
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Consumer Protection Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Garden City, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Charleston, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Insurance Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Antitrust Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Litigation - Securities Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Litigation - Intellectual Property Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Newport Beach, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Litigation - Trusts and Estates
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Professional Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Health Care Law Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Alton, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Bankruptcy Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Litigation - Bankruptcy Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Paducah, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation Criminal Defense: General Practice Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Florence, Kentucky Lexington, Kentucky Louisville, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Englewood, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Litigation - Insurance
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Englewood, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation Mass Tort Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Englewood, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Litigation - Construction Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation Product Liability Litigation Litigation - Banking and Finance
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Litigation - Securities Securities / Capital Markets Law Derivatives and Futures Law Commercial Litigation Mediation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Litigation - Antitrust Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Aiken, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation Railroad Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Consumer Protection Law Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation Mass Tort Litigation Product Liability Litigation Corporate Law Litigation - Securities Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Environmental Law Consumer Protection Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Admiralty and Maritime Law Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
Bill Carmody was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Bill Carmody

Susman Godfrey L.L.P.
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Arbitration Patent Law Litigation - Securities Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Litigation - Patent Litigation - Banking and Finance Trademark Law Qui Tam Law Copyright Law Antitrust Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Consumer Protection Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Newport Beach, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Waco, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Consumer Protection Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Woodbridge, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1993
  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation Patent Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Personal Injury Litigation Litigation - Patent Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Copyright Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Consumer Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Litigation - Insurance Insurance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation Product Liability Litigation Personal Injury Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1993
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation Transportation Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation Medical Malpractice Law Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation Equipment Finance Law Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Qui Tam Law Aviation Law Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Tacoma, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Environmental Law Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation Mass Tort Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Beachwood, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Construction Consumer Law Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Construction Law Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Litigation - Insurance Real Estate Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Workers' Compensation Law - Employers Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Workers' Compensation Law - Claimants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Dover, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Consumer Protection Law Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Sacramento, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Qui Tam Law Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Consumer Protection Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation Workers' Compensation Law - Claimants Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation Product Liability Litigation Workers' Compensation Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Teaneck, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    Kansas City, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation Litigation - Environmental Litigation - Construction Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Manhasset, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Wilmington, Delaware West Chester, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Litigation - Intellectual Property Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Qui Tam Law Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation Mass Tort Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Health Care Commercial Litigation Litigation - Insurance Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
Victor M. Diaz Jr. was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Victor M. Diaz Jr.

VM Diaz & Partners LLC
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Miami Beach, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Construction Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Litigation - Labor and Employment Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation Litigation - Securities
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Mediation Litigation - Insurance Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Texarkana, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation Litigation - Construction Product Liability Litigation Litigation - Insurance Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Texarkana, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Litigation - Patent Litigation - Intellectual Property Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Antitrust Litigation - Banking and Finance Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Antitrust Law Mass Tort Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Consumer Protection Law Commercial Litigation Consumer Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    New York, New York New Haven, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Consumer Protection Law Corporate Law Litigation - Securities Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Management Securities / Capital Markets Law Employment Law - Individuals Securities Regulation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Admiralty and Maritime Law Litigation - Real Estate Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Edison, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Professional Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Coral Gables, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation Product Liability Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Orinda, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Omaha, Nebraska
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Litigation - Securities Litigation - Antitrust Environmental Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Environmental Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental Consumer Protection Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs
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David B. Ezra

Berger Kahn , ALC
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Individuals Litigation - Insurance Insurance Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Mediation Labor Law - Union Arbitration Employment Law - Management Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Litigation - Labor and Employment
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  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Lewiston, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Brookline, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Litigation - Securities Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Litigation - Bankruptcy Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation Litigation - Securities Litigation - Environmental Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Admiralty and Maritime Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Litigation - Securities Securities / Capital Markets Law Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Mobile, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Litigation - Intellectual Property Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation Litigation - Patent
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Municipal Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Providence, Rhode Island
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Mass Tort Litigation Consumer Protection Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Qui Tam Law Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA First Amendment Law Litigation - Antitrust Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Leawood, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Entertainment Law - Music Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation Personal Injury Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities / Capital Markets Law Litigation - ERISA Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Appellate Practice Litigation - Securities Commercial Litigation
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  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    New Haven, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Art Law Insurance Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation

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Practice Area Definition

Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Definition

In a class action, the claims of numerous claimants are grouped together. Class actions are brought pursuant to Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure or a state-law counterpart. To pursue a class action, a group of individuals must demonstrate that they have similar injuries and common legal claims against a defendant, usually a business entity. A class action is pursued by a lead plaintiff, also known as a class representative, on behalf of all persons who were similarly wronged by the defendant. A class representative will work with class counsel and is obligated to always protect the interests of other (absent) class members who have no active role in the litigation. Generally, unless they choose to exclude themselves (opt out), all members of the class are bound by the result in a class action. If there is a recovery, either through a jury verdict or a settlement, individuals who are members of the class will share in the recovery. A class action allows claimants to pool their resources, so claims of hundreds or thousands of similarly situated individuals can be pursued in a cost-effective way. The class action lawsuit is one of the most effective tools consumers have to challenge unfair and deceptive business practices. The relatively small amount of damages involved in most consumer claims makes it difficult, and often impossible, to obtain relief through individual lawsuits.

Mass tort litigation is typically used to describe an area of law in which a large number of people were harmed in the same way, for instance, by a defective product or an airline disaster. If claimants are harmed by a particular product, practice, or event in much the same way, it is common for all such claims to be grouped together for certain phases of the litigation. For instance, if a particular drug, event, or product causes the same type injury, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation will determine whether cases should be consolidated and the most logical place to transfer the cases. When an MDL is established, cases will be sent from the court in which they were filed to the transferee court for all pretrial proceedings and discovery. If a case is not settled or dismissed in the transferee court, it will be remanded (sent back) to the transferor court in which it was filed for trial. An MDL helps streamline the handling of mass tort litigation and also ensures that rulings on disputed issues are consistent.

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Martin & Jones, PLLC

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In a class action, the claims of numerous claimants are grouped together. Class actions are brought pursuant to Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure or a state-law counterpart. To pursue a class action, a group of individuals must demonstrate that they have similar injuries and common legal claims against a defendant, usually a business entity. A class action is pursued by a lead plaintiff, also known as a class representative, on behalf of all persons who were similarly wronged by the defendant. A class representative will work with class counsel and is obligated to always protect the interests of other (absent) class members who have no active role in the litigation. Generally, unless they choose to exclude themselves (opt out), all members of the class are bound by the result in a class action. If there is a recovery, either through a jury verdict or a settlement, individuals who are members of the class will share in the recovery. A class action allows claimants to pool their resources, so claims of hundreds or thousands of similarly situated individuals can be pursued in a cost-effective way. The class action lawsuit is one of the most effective tools consumers have to challenge unfair and deceptive business practices. The relatively small amount of damages involved in most consumer claims makes it difficult, and often impossible, to obtain relief through individual lawsuits.

Mass tort litigation is typically used to describe an area of law in which a large number of people were harmed in the same way, for instance, by a defective product or an airline disaster. If claimants are harmed by a particular product, practice, or event in much the same way, it is common for all such claims to be grouped together for certain phases of the litigation. For instance, if a particular drug, event, or product causes the same type injury, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation will determine whether cases should be consolidated and the most logical place to transfer the cases. When an MDL is established, cases will be sent from the court in which they were filed to the transferee court for all pretrial proceedings and discovery. If a case is not settled or dismissed in the transferee court, it will be remanded (sent back) to the transferor court in which it was filed for trial. An MDL helps streamline the handling of mass tort litigation and also ensures that rulings on disputed issues are consistent.