The word “tort” comes from the Latin language and the word “torquere,” which translates as “twisted or wrong.” In the United States, a tort refers to a, “body of rights, obligations, and remedies that is applied by courts in civil proceedings to provide relief for persons who have suffered harm from the wrongful acts of others.” These defendants who sustain some form of injury, suffer permanent damage, or dies due to wrong actions from the plaintiff, is guaranteed a day in court thanks to tort law. When there is more than one plaintiff in a case involving one defendant, this can be a mass tort.
A group of plaintiffs cannot file for a mass tort on their own, but if they have good legal representation, they can find other plaintiffs and consolidate the cases. Once enough plaintiffs are gathered, they must file for permission to conduct a mass tort from a court. The court will take into account the number of plaintiffs, the similarities in the nature and cause of their injuries, the geographical location of the plaintiffs, and how closely the claims resemble each other. If the court believes that these and other factors are sufficient, they may proceed to order a mass tort action and even publish notice of the action across the nation so other potential plaintiffs may join the suit.
In the United States, a tort refers to a, “body of rights, obligations, and remedies that is applied by courts in civil proceedings to provide relief for persons who have suffered harm from the wrongful acts of others.”
An MDL stands for multidistrict litigation and is a special legal procedure conducted in federal court that is designed to quickly conduct the handling of complex cases, which can include dangerous drug and medical device lawsuits.
It means the manufacturer made an error either in the design or the fabrication of a product that causes it to not work as intended. This can be especially dangerous in many cases, such as those of faulty medical devices and prescription drugs.
A defective design in a product is one that is so great, the product cannot be utilized for the purposes intended or is even made hazardous as a result of the defect, imperfection, or design flaw. In the case of medical devices, this can be a deadly mistake.