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.
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.