What is a Mass Tort?

Mass Tort

When a lawsuit involves multiple parties, it can be filed as a class action or a mass tort. A class action has one plaintiff who represents the entire group and everyone in the group obtains the same financial (or other) recovery. A mass tort, on the other hand, is a consolidation of individually filed cases into one court in order to make the litigation process more efficient. Although the plaintiffs in a mass tort are part of a group, each person’s case is still handled individually and each person’s recovery can be different based on the facts of their case.