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Class Actions & Mass Torts

Lake Tindall maintains one of the Delta’s few Class Actions and Mass Torts practices. This area of the law is one of the most influential areas in the legal arena, as the American lawyer is many times all that stands between seemingly all powerful multinational corporations and the American citizen. When profits trump every other factor in corporate boardrooms, the individual citizen many times seems forgotten. However, Lake Tindall lawyers relish the opportunity to step in and check corporate power, whether it be in helping to stop mortgage fraud, or fighting to protect the American consumer from fraudulent marketing.

Heath Douglas, and Frank Thackston both have extensive experience with class actions and mass torts. Call any of these lawyers for problems such as:

  • Mortgage Fraud 
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Deceptive Trade Practices and Advertising


Difference Between Mass Tort & Class Action Lawsuits

It’s important to understand the differences between a mass tort and a class action lawsuit before choosing a legal team to represent you. 

What is a class action lawsuit?

Class action lawsuits are when multiple individuals (plaintiffs) have suffered similarly from the same source. Rather than each victim filing their own claim, plaintiffs combine to file a single group lawsuit. When a class action lawsuit is filed, the plaintiffs are all grouped together as a class and can be represented by one lawyer or a legal team, saving money and time for everyone involved. Typically one plaintiff will represent that class or group. This person must not have any conflicts of interest and must have suffered in a similar way to the rest of the claimants.

In order to file a class action lawsuit versus individual lawsuits, there must exist a risk that individual cases may receive different rulings or outcomes. In other words, the court wants to ensure that every plaintiff gets the same outcome. Many times, class action lawsuit certifications are denied because the damages are too varied amongst the claimants or it is deemed that the class members would qualify for different results/rulings. Class action suits are a type of mass tort suit. So even if a class action certification cannot be obtained, the mass tort claim still exists.

What is a mass tort lawsuit?

Mass tort lawsuits exist for times when the source of harm is the same but the results of that harm for each plaintiff are different. For example, a defective pharmaceutical product may produce a different medical reaction or condition for different people and the severity of the harm varies along a wide spectrum. Due to the fact that the plaintiffs had different levels of reaction and had varied conditions before the product was taken, a class action suit would not be possible. 

In a mass tort case, rather than one case being filed (as in a class action suit), several large group or individual suits are filed. Each plaintiff has their own suit and settlements are reached on a case-by-case basis. Most often in mass torts, settlements vary by severity of harm.


Mass Torts & Class Actions Law Firm Mississippi

When it comes to seeking a legal team for a class action or mass tort lawsuit in Mississippi, your best bet is the legal team at Lake Tindall! Contact us now to set up a consultation.