Big Data, Social Media Trigger More Life Science Mass Torts

Law360 (December 5, 2019, 5:24 PM EST) -- Advertisements for pharmaceutical and medical device mass torts have become so pervasive in the media, it is hard to go longer than one commercial break, or more than five minutes on Facebook, without seeing one. With nearly 200 multidistrict litigations currently pending — more than 20% of which concern product liability claims involving medical devices or pharmaceuticals — mass tort litigation in the life sciences industry shows no signs of slowing down.[1]

In the past, pharmaceutical and medical device product liability litigations typically commenced following major regulatory action by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, such as a label change or...

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