By Erin Marie Daly (July 24, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- With a sharp uptick in the volume of mass tort litigation in recent years, the burdens on litigants and the judicial system are higher than ever before. But there is sharp disagreement among lawyers as to when, and in which cases, "Lone Pine" orders can and should be used.
"Lone Pine" orders, which take their name from a 1986 New Jersey Superior Court case involving toxic tort claims, refer generically to orders that require the plaintiffs in potentially large or complex cases to specifically define their alleged injuries or damages, and demonstrate at the outset some minimal level of evidentiary support...
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