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Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Definition
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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