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What is a mass tort?

What is a mass tort? Well, a mass tort is just a tort that affects a mass number of people, you know. A tort is an injury, and mass is just a lot of people.

Like: drugs, for example, are distributed across the entire population, and large numbers of people sometimes are injured by them. And so these cases have to be handled in a certain manner, because courts don’t like to litigate thousands of cases one at a time.

So quite often they’re consolidated, not necessarily as what people call a “class action,” just all of them heard in the same jurisdiction. That happens a lot, but sometimes it doesn’t work that way.

But the term “mass” just means that they’re widespread across the entire population.

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