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
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:
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 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.
Contact David C. Rash P.A. today to
schedule a free consultation and learn how we can represent you.