It turns out that Tennessee and the rest of the country face a new kind of asbestos-related threat to the public's physical health. In a recent case, a man sued Johnson & Johnson for allegedly causing his cancer due to his long-term use of baby powder. A jury recently awarded him $117 million in damages in an outcome that could give birth to another chapter of mass torts claims in the United States and perhaps worldwide.
One Tennessee consumer may feel powerless in the face of a giant corporation with whom he or she may have a grievance. If a product or device causes harm or simply doesn't live up to expectations, a single customer may shrug it off as the way things are. However, the law provides for mass torts claims for customers with similar complaints to join together against a large company that may otherwise have enough money and power to quiet the voices of the ordinary consumer.
It seems as if medical procedures are becoming a matter of routine in Tennessee and across the country. It is almost a given that the time will come for one to have a hip or knee replaced or to undergo the implantation of some other medical device. Often these devices improve the quality of life for patients and allow them to return to normal activities that an illness or injury previously prevented. Unfortunately, another result of the increasing use of medical devices is the number of mass torts claims based on defects.
Many websites use a two-factor authentication as a form of security for a user's private information. This means that in addition to a password, a Tennessee social media user may be required to enter a second piece of information, such as a phone number. Recently, Facebook has come under fire for abusing that two-factor authentication and using people's phone numbers to send them spam notifications. If investigations show that Facebook is deliberately exploiting people's information, analysts say the company may face more mass torts in the future.
While class action lawsuits are nothing new, those involving the Employment Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 seem to be becoming more prevalent. Pundits and analysts are reviewing the data from the past year and finding that mass torts surrounding the elements of ERISA enforcement reached record-breaking numbers. Employees in Tennessee may be interested in knowing how those lawsuits attempted to protect their rights.
When the phone rings, one might expect the caller to be a friend or family member, a romantic interest or a Tennessee business associate. Too often, however, the caller is a telemarketer of some kind. While some telemarketers have legitimate sales pitches, others are scam artists, particularly robocallers. It is becoming more difficult to avoid them as their tricks grow more sophisticated, but some consumers find relief in mass torts that hold robocallers accountable for violating the law.
One of the most terrifying diagnoses a Tennessee worker can receive is that of malignant mesothelioma. The deadly, slow-moving form of cancer is found in those who work in particular industries, such as shipyards, power plants and auto manufacturing. Many who learned they had the fatal illness sought financial compensation through mass torts. Recently, another industry has made the list of jobs at high-risk for asbestos exposure.
Asbestos exposure has long been blamed for causing deadly cancers such as mesothelioma and lung cancer. Business owners and others who knowingly subjected workers to asbestos have been the subjects of mass torts for decades, winning victims in Tennessee and other states compensation for their pain and suffering. Recently, officials in another state were indicted for allowing the presence of asbestos to go unchecked, exposing many people to its harmful particles.
For decades, advocates for health and safety have worked to gain the agreement of the federal government to enact legislation to protect many employees and the general public from toxins like asbestos. The steady stream of mass torts against companies using asbestos has brought its dangers to the public's attention. The U.S. Congress has been debating the testing of millions of tons of the toxic substance, and many hoped the review would result in a national ban of asbestos. However, President Donald Trump recently announced a limit to the scope of that investigation.
For decades, consumers have complained about junk mail, beginning with the flyers and mailers through the post office, and now with spam emails and text messages. Fortunately, laws such as the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and robotexting laws regulate the amount and kinds of contact solicitors and others can make with consumers. However, these laws do not always stop some companies from accosting people in Tennessee with unwanted communications, which may lead to mass torts claims.