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.
Those colorful leggings and flowing tunic tops seem to be everywhere. Women's fashion can thank LuLaRoe for providing comfortable clothing for any shape or size. Even more appealing is that the clothing is often distributed to and sold from private homes by neighbors and friends in Tennessee and across the country. Unfortunately, the LuLaRoe company has apparently failed to honor important terms in its contract with consultants, many of whom are joining mass torts claims.
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.