A mass tort is a civil action involving numerous plaintiffs against one or a few defendants in state or federal court. The lawsuits arise out of the defendants causing numerous injuries through the same or similar act of harm, for example, a prescription drug, a medical device, a defective product, a train accident, a plane crash, pollution, or a construction disaster.
The main categories of mass torts include:
- Medical device injuries
- Prescription drug injuries
- Product liability injuries
- Toxic contamination