Class Actions, Mass Tort, & Multi-District Litigation

Protecting Consumers Who Have Suffered Harm

When a drug manufacturer or a producer of a medical device releases a dangerous product to the public, thousands of people may suffer harm. While each individual victim has the right to file a claim for compensation from the company responsible, cases are often consolidated into class actions, mass torts or multi-district litigation for the convenience of the courts and the plaintiffs.

David C. Rash has represented numerous clients in class actions, mass torts and multi-district litigation for over two decades. Recognized as one of South Florida’s top lawyers for mass tort litigation, Mr. Rash is uniquely qualified to represent those involved in mass tort and multi-district litigations. Contact our firm for advice and assistance in pursuing a legal action to recover compensation for your injuries. Some of the cases we have been involved with recently include:

Class Actions

While class actions and multi-district litigations (MDLs) are common when defective drugs or medical devices cause mass injury, it is important for injured victims to understand the differences between class actions and MDLs in order to make an informed choice regarding how to proceed with an injury claim.

Class actions are formed when a group of plaintiffs have suffered similar injury as a result of a similar harm. If a defective medical drug causes thousands of patients to suffer a particular side effect, for example, these plaintiffs may join together to take action against the manufacturer.

In a class action, the court must certify that all of the plaintiffs have suffered similar wrongs. All of the cases are resolved in a single trial or a single settlement, with the verdict or settlement agreement establishing a uniform system for compensating injured victims involved in the case. Typically, only a few named plaintiffs actually appear in court and play an active part of the class action process. Other injured victims may choose to opt out of the class to pursue their own claims or may be bound by the outcome of the trial or settlement if they choose to opt in.

Multi-District Litigation

Multi-district litigations, on the other hand, allow for expediency in deciding cases in which hundreds or thousands have been hurt without combining the claims into a single legal case. Multi-district litigations occur when multiple plaintiffs throughout the United States have been harmed by a similar wrong, but have suffered different injuries.

In a multi-district litigation, the cases are consolidated in front of one judge so that issues may be decided more quickly for all cases by a judge who is familiar with the facts. The judge may rule on pre-trial motions and discovery issues that affect all cases. Pre-trial hearings and settlement conferences can be consolidated as well. The cases still remain as separate lawsuits although certain common issues are decided at once and have common outcomes.

David C. Rash P.A. Represents Injured Clients in MDLs and Class Actions

David Rash has litigated many landmark multi-district litigation and class action lawsuits in the state and federal courts of Louisiana and Florida. He helps injured victims understand their legal rights, navigate the legal system and make informed choices regarding the best way to proceed with taking legal action.

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