What Are Mass Tort Lawsuits?
Mass tort claims are civil lawsuits in which each plaintiff, though part of a large group, is treated as an individual. Certain facts need to be established, including the ways that person was harmed by the defendant’s action, so the individual plaintiff is more involved. Mass torts are unique in that individuals file their claims separately but the claims are consolidated as a group and treated independently.
What are Class Action Lawsuits?
Class action lawsuits are civil lawsuits filed on behalf of a group, or class, of people who are have something in common. It is important for Illegally Targeted People to understand that to be part of a class action lawsuit, all plaintiffs (victims) must share the same defendant(s) (perpetrators) and causes of action (damages).
Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 23. Class Actions defines the criteria necessary to file a federal class action lawsuit as follows:
"One or more members of a class may sue or be sued as representative parties on behalf of all members only if:
(1) the class is so numerous that joinder of all members is impracticable;
(2) there are questions of law or fact common to the class;
(3) the claims or defenses of the representative parties are typical of the claims or defenses of the class; and
(4) the representative parties will fairly and adequately protect the interests of the class."
Class Action vs. Mass Tort Lawsuits
The legal work in class action lawsuits is undertaken on behalf of the class and a lawyer or law firm performs the work. With mass torts, each plaintiff, even though part of a large group, is treated as an individual and the plaintiff performs the legal work. Both types of lawsuits include:
Mass tort lawsuits usually involve a smaller group of people than class actions lawsuits (although the number of plaintiffs still could be in the thousands) and the plaintiffs generally live in the same geographic area.
In general, torture abuses by use of directed energy weapons are best suited to a class, rather than a mass tort, legal action because it is likely that Illegally Targeted People would have in common this type of abuse and defendant(s). In addition, this situation is complex and it would be very helpful to have a professional law firm perform the extensive work involved.
Targeted America will advise you of any class action lawsuits or mass tort lawsuits related to torture abuses from the use of directed energy weapons that we learn of or initiate.
The abuses and damages resulting from organized stalking usually pertain to the targeted person's individual situation so they likely could not be part of a class action lawsuit and should instead be addressed through an individual lawsuit.
Illegally Targeted People face more obstacles and difficulties than non-targeted people. Later this spring, Targeted America will publish instructions on How to Represent Yourself to provide information that self help books do not. The section will guide you through the process and procedure of filing a lawsuit. It will also provide information to help you write the complaint and causes of action properly to avoid early dismissals and get into the discovery process of depositions and interrogatories.