Class Action and MDL
Class Action Attorneys for Complex Litigation
Miami Attorneys for Mass Tort, Class Action and MDL Cases
When multiple people or businesses are harmed by the same product or set of circumstances, class action lawsuits and multidistrict litigation (MDL) are efficient and effective means to pursue justice. If you have been harmed or suffered property damage due to a defective product, let us review your situation. If you have read in the news about a class action lawsuit or MDL and you would like information about possibly joining the suit, speak with our Miami and Tampa attorneys to investigate your options.
When considering a class action suit or MDL, you need an attorney with experience handling these types of complex claims. Our law firm was one of the largest claim filers in the BP oil spill litigation, representing over 3,000 clients.
What is a Class Action Lawsuit?
Our class action attorneys handle cases where one company or product caused harm and damage to many people or businesses. Class action lawsuits work like this: an initial plaintiff brings a claim against the company for a defective product. We investigate whether other people have been harmed in the same way to join the class. Once the class is certified by the court, there will be discovery, or the exchange of evidence, between the class of plaintiffs and the defendant company. After discovery, there may be a settlement or a trial on the issues. Once the settlement has been approved by the court or a verdict has been rendered, the plaintiffs in the class action will receive their portion of the award.
Class actions are typically used for consumer products, such as defective auto parts or defective household goods. One recent example of a class action lawsuit our firm handled involved defective air conditioning units. Our clients were hotel and motel owners who suffered financial losses and property damage due to the defective AC units.
What is Multidistrict Litigation or MDL?
Multidistrict litigation, known as MDL, is a different process than class action lawsuits. MDLs typically involve defective pharmaceutical drugs or recalled medical devices. MDLs are also known as mass tort litigation.
One individual will file a lawsuit against the responsible company. If other cases across the nation involve the same issue, a federal judge may combine all the cases throughout the country into one courtroom. This federal judge will then oversee pre-trial issues like liability and discovery (the exchanging of evidence.) After the pretrial proceedings have finished, the separate lawsuits will be sent back to the home states where the individuals live for trial. Therefore, unlike a class action lawsuit, in an MDL, individuals still proceed with their own trials in their home states. Multidistrict litigation does not give the same amount of damages to every individual case. Damages in an MDL will be determined on a case-by-case basis, unlike a class action lawsuit.
Attorneys for Class Action Lawsuits, Mass Tort and MDLs
If you have been hurt or suffered property damage due to a consumer product or a defective drug or medical device, let us review your situation. We can let you know if class action or MDL is the best option for you, and/or if you are qualified to join an existing suit. Call our class action attorneys today to schedule a free consultation to go over your options.