A mass tort is defined as a civil action involving many plaintiffs who bring a lawsuit against one or more corporate defendants in federal or state court.
Mass tort cases often involve exposure to chemical or other dangerous elements. Plaintiffs in California may have been exposed from pharmaceuticals, such as unsafe drugs, from poorly designed or produced products, or by companies negligently releasing toxins into the environment.
The victim of a mass tort in or around California may have been injured at home or work. Asbestos is an example of a common cause of mass tort litigation.
The AAJ is committed to promoting a fair and effective civil justice system while supporting the work of attorneys representing plaintiffs.
The CAOC serves both as a professional organization for California personal injury attorneys and other lawyers who represent plaintiffs, and as an advocacy group that opposes legislation that would limit access to the civil court system.