Research conducted by:
RAND Justice, Infrastructure, and Environment;
RAND Institute for Civil Justice
Journal Articles (7)
While a class action such as one brought under Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 23 is certainly the most well-known mechanism for aggregating large numbers of similar claims, other approaches include mass joinder of parties, mass consolidation of separate cases, or multidistrict litigation transfer of federal cases from across the country into a single action for pretrial processing; corporate reorganizations under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code; large-scale inventories of clients controlled by a single attorney; government-initiated enforcement actions; and private attorneys general litigation brought on behalf of the general public.
Fashioning a National Resolution of Asbestos Personal Injury Litigation: A Reply to Professor Brickman
She extends her consideration of mass tort litigation to include what she terms "the new social policy torts": suits against tobacco companies, firearms manufacturers, and managed care organizations that are intended to change public policy.
In this article, the authors explore alternative strategies for class-action reform aimed at improving the cost-benefit ratio of damage class actions.
Individuals within the aggregate : relationships, representation, and fees
A glass half full, a glass half empty : the use of alternative dispute resolution in mass personal injury litigation
The civil justice system has not responded well to the challenge of handling mass torts, and many innovations have been proposed to improve processing of these cases.