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.
By now, most people know to keep their credit card information, Social Security numbers and other personal information as private as possible to avoid cyberthieves getting hold of them. Countless consumers in Tennessee and across the world can attest to the nightmare of having to recover from identity theft and other unlawful activity that happens when someone obtains their confidential information. However, recent news from Equifax has millions across the country wondering if they are about to be living one of those nightmares, and many have already joined mass torts claims against Equifax.
Johnson & Johnson's baby powder has been around since the 1890s. Many people here in Tennessee and elsewhere use it on their babies' bottoms to keep them dry, and many women use it on themselves for the same reason. This widely used product has recently become the subject of numerous mass torts that claim this product, which is commonly used in numerous households, can cause ovarian cancer.
In Tennessee, many major industries put workers at risk. For example, employees of power plants, manufacturing companies and transportation industries may have suffered exposure to asbestos particles, which developed into life-threatening conditions like cancer and mesothelioma. Rather than individually seeking financial help for their conditions, many from similar industries come together in mass torts to pursue compensation from their employers. This compensation may be especially helpful to those suffering from deadly and incurable mesothelioma.
Gathering employees together to complain about work conditions is a common and often successful tactic in Tennessee and across the country. In the same way, mass torts or class action lawsuits bring people with common complaints together in the hope that more voices will improve the chances of a successful grievance, especially when those individuals filing the suit feel powerless against a larger entity. A recent class action lawsuit in another state pits employees against their boss, but the employer denies the accusations made against him.
A security breach that compromises personal information generally does not affect only one customer. In fact, depending on the size of the company, hundreds or thousands of people may be at risk. When this happens in Tennessee, it is not unheard of for those affected customers to join in mass torts claims to seek compensation from the company responsible for protecting their crucial personal data.