Access to medical advice and monitoring is becoming easier as technology makes it possible for patients in Tennessee and across the world to communicate with doctors electronically. Telemedicine is already a billion-dollar industry, and investors are making profits from well-run companies. Unfortunately, one telemedicine company is facing mass torts action from shareholders who blame the actions of its executives for a marked decline in the value of the company's stock.
Asbestos has long been known to cause serious health issues, including deadly forms of cancer such as mesothelioma. It takes only a brief exposure to the harmful, microscopic particles to set in motion the progressive and incurable cancer that may not reveal its symptoms for decades. Because of the danger from asbestos, Tennessee and other states have strict procedures for handling and disposing of materials that contain asbestos. Those who fail to follow these rules may be open to mass torts claims if asbestos exposure leads to illnesses.
While many rely on the approval of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration before they consider a drug safe to use, some may be questioning the recent FDA approval of a new opioid painkiller. With dozens of mass torts claims in progress against pharmaceutical companies across the country, some believe the introduction of a new and potent opioid is a way for pharmaceutical companies to bring more trouble for themselves and more danger to the streets. More than 49,000 people in Tennessee and across the country died of opioid overdoses last year, and many states are fighting back with lawsuits.
As the Food and Drug Administration tightens rules on the information food and beverage packages must include, more Tennessee consumers are paying attention to the labels of the products they purchase for their families. Those who do so are typically looking for the counts of certain ingredients, such as sodium, calories or sugar, or they are looking for an overall quality of healthfulness. Unfortunately, not all labels are trustworthy, and one company is now facing mass torts actions because of confusing language on its product's label.
For many Tennessee adults trying to cut back on their cigarette smoking habits, the advent of e-cigarettes seemed like a blessing. Smokers could replace their tobacco cigarettes with vape products that supposedly contain fewer toxic ingredients. They could then reduce the amount of nicotine and gradually quit smoking altogether. However, this hasn't been the result, and mass torts actions across the country claim e-cig companies have created a whole new generation of smokers.
The legal system allows more than one plaintiff to join in a single action called a class action or mass tort lawsuit. When many people in Tennessee think of mass torts cases, they likely think of consumers or employees suing large companies for unfair treatment since many such cases receive a lot of press. However, that is not always the case, and one lawsuit in another state involves numerous people seeking restitution from a single person.
It is no secret that asbestos exposure places one at high risk for contracting deadly diseases such as mesothelioma. This lung cancer does not appear until decades after the inhalation of asbestos particles, and it greatly diminishes the victim's quality of life. Those in Tennessee and across the country who discover they have contracted the disease may join others who were similarly exposed in mass torts actions against anyone who failed to protect them from the dangerous substance.
When a national or international corporation move its regional headquarters into a small Tennessee town, it can mean a significant economic boost. Residents may find jobs, and other businesses may move in or crop up to fill new demands. Unfortunately, a large corporation can also wreak havoc with the environment of a small town, resulting in mass torts claims. Depending on its product, the manufacturing process may pollute the air, erode the soil, contaminate the water or in other ways destroy the habitability for people and nature.
Class action lawsuits serve several purposes. Most importantly, they provide a way for numerous people with the same complaint to bring a civil action against a person or entity who may have caused them injury. Class action cases are sometimes referred to as mass torts litigation or multi-district litigation. Tennessee victims of injuries may find relief through class actions that they may not have found otherwise.
One person in Tennessee taking on an industry is an overwhelming prospect, especially when the industry creates a popular product or is not regulated by governmental restrictions. Nevertheless, if a product begins to gain a reputation for causing injury, lawsuits may pile up. In such cases, mass torts claims or class action lawsuits may offer a better opportunity for those seeking compensation to achieve their goals.