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Mass Torts Attorneys in Lake County, Florida

Nationwide Mass Torts Litigation

When multiple people are harmed by the same act of negligence, they can choose to file a lawsuit together. This is known as a mass tort, and it can help plaintiffs consolidate their resources and take on large companies.

Most often, mass torts are inspired by defective products, auto parts, drugs, and medical devices. Other times, they can arise after toxic exposure, acts of fraud, corporate misconduct, or employment practices.

To start a mass tort or join an existing one, please call us today.

What Is a Mass Tort?

A “tort” is any act or omission that causes injury or harm to another and inspires legal action. Mass torts occur when the same act or omission injures or harms multiple people. To file a mass tort, you must get permission from the court.

The court will approve mass tort requests when:

  • A large number of plaintiffs are involved

  • The plaintiffs are located near each other

  • The plaintiffs suffered similar injuries

  • The claims are associated with a common cause

Typically, mass torts occur in a single geographic area. When they expand beyond this, mass torts can become class actions. Attorneys sometimes use these terms interchangeably, along with the term, “multi-district litigation.”

Whether your mass tort is local or expands into multi-district litigation or class action, our Lake County mass tort lawyers can help.

Mass Torts We Handle

At Oldham & Smith, we are always willing to hear your story and find out if we can help you. Nevertheless, we are already experienced with some mass torts in Lake County and surrounding areas.

If you need help with any of the following cases, contact our firm today:


Baycol is a cholesterol-lowering drug withdrawn from the market in August 2001. It was manufactured by Bayer and was linked to 31 deaths and a potentially fatal muscle disorder called rhabdomyolysis.


Fen-phen” is a combination of the diet drugs fenfluramine and phentermine. The drug was removed from the market in 1997 when the FDA uncovered that drug caused damage to heart valves.


Lotronex, or alosetron, is used to treat symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Unfortunately, it leads to problems that can be even worse – like ischemic colitis, severe constipation, and even death.


Vioxx is a prescription medication manufactured by Merck to relieve pain associated with arthritis and menstruation. It was recalled in 2004 for an increased risk of heart attack and strokes.

Medtronic Defibrillators

Medtronic defibrillators are implanted in patients’ chests to deliver small electric shocks and correct slow or dangerously fast heart rhythms. While patients depend on these shocks, the devices often failed and were recalled after instances of heart failure.

IVC Filters

Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filters stop small blood clots from going into the lungs. Sadly, IVC filters from many manufacturers have been recalled and associated with serious injuries and patient deaths.

3M Earplugs

Defective 3M earplugs were distributed to individuals in the military between 2003 and 2015. The devices failed to protect wearers from harmful sounds, and many veterans suffered hearing loss and tinnitus (ringing in the ear) as a result.


Asbestos exposure can lead to scarring of the lungs and shortness of breath, known as asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other serious health conditions. Asbestos has been associated with talcum powder, which is present in baby powder and other cosmetic products.


Actos (pioglitazone) helps control high blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes. The drug has been associated with bladder cancer, heart failure, and other side effects. Actos’ manufacturer, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, settled 9,000 claims for $2.4 billion in 2015.

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