Louisiana residents like you may have heard of the term "class action lawsuit" before, but likely haven't had a reason to really delve into its meaning. However, if you are involved in a situation in which a class action lawsuit is an option for you, it's best to know what you might be dealing with before you dive in.
If you are a Louisiana woman who has undergone surgery to correct pelvic organ prolapse, it is possible that your surgeon implanted transvaginal mesh into your body to help suspend some of your tissues. Women's Health advises that in the past, surgeons used native body tissue and absorbable sutures to repair pelvic organ prolapse, but since this procedure had an approximate 30 percent failure rate, they started using transvaginal mesh instead.
There are countless health and cosmetic products on the market today. You may have at least a dozen in your home. As our team at Lundy, Lundy, Soileau & South, LLP, knows, just because something is made for your skin does not mean it is necessarily safe. Like you would look at the ingredients in your food, it may be smart for you and other Louisiana residents to be informed of what goes into your health products.
Johnson & Johnson's baby powder has been popular in Louisiana and across the U.S. for a number of years, but female users may be especially interested in recent civil litigation surrounding the product. Some claim a possible link exists between ovarian cancer and the talc that is a primary ingredient of baby powder.
When people buy a product, they usually assume the product has been tested for the safety of consumers. This can be especially true when the product is meant for children. Unfortunately, there are numerous products available in Louisiana, as well as across the country, that have been improperly tested or contain ingredients of unknown origin and can cause harm to multiple people.
Earlier this year, the Mercury News reported that 40 California residents are suing Monsanto, the company that manufactures Roundup, the popular weed and grass killer. The plaintiffs allege that their use of Roundup caused them to develop Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.
Often, a product that malfunctions or is manufactured incorrectly results in injury to one person or a small group of consumers. In some cases, however, a fault in a specific product line may pose a danger to large numbers of people. For example, car owners in Louisiana and across the country might suffer injuries due to a certain make and model of vehicles that contain manufacturer defects that could cause accidents or other mishaps.
All across the nation, mass tort cases are seen in court on the daily. This is because issues with faulty mass-produced products like toys, cars, appliances, or medication may affect large numbers of people. Mass torts can represent hundreds or even thousands of individuals who have been wronged by dangerous or defective products.
Toxic spills are often a double-edged sword, as such incidents can become hazardous to environments and residents alike. The number of toxic waste sites in Louisiana -- including the "dead sea" off the Gulf of Mexico and the tragic BP 2010 oil spill -- have raised concern for Louisiana residents and the United States as a whole.
Across the country, the term "class action lawsuits" are gaining more and more traction. However, there's another, similar term that you may not know of: mass torts. While these two actions share a lot of similarities, they also differ in very notable ways.