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At Oliver Law Group P.C. we a proud to announce that one our of lead attorneys, Alyson Oliver, was selected to join the plaintiffs steering committee for mass tort lawsuits arising from the use of the drug Valsartan. Being part of the steering committee for mass tort litigation is an impressive recognition. We believe that plaintiffs in Valsartan litigation how has a powerful champion in the corner with Ms. Olvier on the steering committee.
What Is Mass Tort Litigation?
Sometimes the concept behind mass tort litigation gets mixed up with class action lawsuits. A “mass tort” occurs when some product or act injures numerous people. Mass torts are also known as “multi-district litigation” because the plaintiffs are suing the same defendant in multiple jurisdictions throughout the country.
While you might be thinking “class action lawsuits also involve a product or action that injuries many people” – and you would be right – the difference between a mass tort and a class action lawsuit is that the damages a plaintiff sustains aren’t the same for the other plaintiffs.
For example, even a defectively designed battery explodes for all users, the nature and extent of the injury that results from that explosion wouldn’t be the same across the board. However, a class action lawsuit involves an injury that is the same for all plaintiffs. For instance, an employer who illegally denies overtime pay for on-call hours generally causes the same injury to all plaintiffs.
What Is a Plaintiffs Steering Committee?
A plaintiffs steering committee is a group of attorneys who is in charge of directing and managing the mass tort litigation. These attorneys are responsible for representing the common interests of all plaintiffs in a multi-district lawsuit. They coordinate the discovery process, put together a court record, and generally lead all legal strategy for multi-district litigation.
Do I Have Grounds for a Valsartan Class Action Lawsuit?
Valsartan is a pharmaceutical product designed to treat high blood pressure. However, regulatory recalls by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding the safety of using Valsartan have led to numerous users seeking legal recourse for injuries they sustained from using the drug. Valsartan was recalled after the presence of a chemical compound known as N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) was detected.
Under FDA guidelines, NDMA is considered to be a probable carcinogen, leading to conditions such as:
- Stomach cancer
- Liver cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Colon Cancer
If you suspect that you’ve been injured as a result of using Valsartan medication that was tainted with NDMA, you may have a Valsartan class action lawsuit. Contact a skilled attorney at Oliver Law P.C. We have experience standing up against powerful corporate entities like pharmaceutical companies. Our legal team can give your case a powerful voice against the reckless indifference to public safety that corporations who are part of “big pharma” have recently exhibited.
If you want more information about how Oliver Law P.C. can assist with your case, call us or contact us online today.