Mass tort actions involve products or events that harmed a large number of people in a similar way. Mass tort claims are different from class actions in that the cases are tried individually or in small groups with closely related claims. That means each plaintiff has the opportunity to negotiate for a fair settlement based on their specific damages, or to present those claims to a jury.
Unfortunately, large companies don’t always put the welfare of their customers or the public first. So, mass tort litigation is becoming increasingly common. Some mass torts impact thousands, tens of thousands, or even hundreds of thousands of people. Here are some of the most significant mass tort lawsuits currently underway.
Zantac (Ranitidine) Litigation
Zantac was a popular drug used to treat GERD, heartburn, and other gastrointestinal issues. In the spring of 2020, the drug was recalled at the request of the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) after reports that the drug contained dangerously high levels of NMA (N-Nitrosodimethylamine), which can cause several different types of cancer. As of January 2022, there are more than 2,000 cases pending in federal multi-district litigation (MDL) and many others in state courts.
3M Earplug Litigation
The 3M earplug lawsuits claim that the company provided defective earplugs to the United States military for many years, and that many soldiers who relied on these earplugs have suffered hearing loss and tinnitus. As of early 2022, there are more than 285,000 claims pending in federal district court.
CPAP Machine Litigation
In 2021, Philips Respironics recalled several models of CPAP devices, BiPAP machines and ventilators after it was revealed that a foam substance used in the devices could break down over time, releasing contaminants into the machines’ airways. The contaminants have potentially been linked to a wide range of medical problems, including numerous forms of cancer, respiratory complications and heart failure.
NEC Baby Formula Litigation
Baby formula containing cow’s milk has been linked to a potentially deadly condition in premature infants. NEC, or necrotizing enterocolitis, is a gastrointestinal condition that can result in holes in the intestines and bacterial leakage. Lawsuits against the makers of Similac, Enfamil and other formulas allege that the manufacturers failed to warn parents and pediatricians of the risks.
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