What is the value of a life? Apparently, according to some gamers, it is worth filing mass torts against game makers who deny those lives. While to some, it may seem trivial to file a lawsuit for the value of an online life, to others, it is a matter of principal. After all, when nearly 100 million people world wide play a particular game, including many in Tennessee, the value of a life may equal millions of dollars for the game maker.
Pregnancy is a natural process, and many women in Tennessee can carry a child to term with no problems. However, common knowledge says that some behaviors should be modified for the safety of the baby and the health of the mother, even in a low-risk pregnancy. Sometimes, a doctor may advise an expectant mother to avoid certain activities, such as lifting or standing for too long, and the law protects women from discrimination at work when these accommodations are necessary. When businesses ignore this law across the board, they risk facing claims for mass torts.
Life in prison is rough under any circumstances, and when a prisoner is sick, it can be very worse. For example, Tennessee prisons reportedly see epidemic numbers of hepatitis C cases. However, because a small fraction of those cases are treated, a U.S. District Court judge has granted class action status to a lawsuit filed by two sick inmates. Mass torts widen the field of plaintiffs.
Medical privacy is an essential protection in Tennessee and across the country. Confidentiality of personal information and medical history is strictly protected by federal law, and breaching that trust can bring negative consequences. When companies promoting health issues accept personal information from patients and fail to protect that information, it is not just one person who may suffer. In some cases, thousands of people may be affected, resulting in mass torts and claims for compensation for any violations.
For many in Tennessee, filing a lawsuit against an international company is something they could never afford. Huge corporations have complex legal teams who often use intimidation and delaying tactics to draw out the litigation so that it will be too expensive for the average person. This is why mass torts are an effective way for consumers who have been injured or defrauded to seek justice.
The past year was not a good one for Johnson & Johnson. The massive corporation -- known for generations as one of the leading innovators of consumer products, pharmaceuticals and medical devices -- is no stranger to lawsuits. In fact, for most drug makers, mass torts are routine, as many in Tennessee know. However, 2016 saw Johnson & Johnson on the losing side of numerous lawsuits, and the company faces a backlog of claims in 2017.