Both class action lawsuits and mass torts involve large groups of people joining together against a defendant, but members remain autonomous in mass torts.

The most significant difference is that damages remain individualized in mass torts. This means that, rather than equally dividing compensation among all members of a class, you will receive compensation that is commensurate with the degree of harm you’ve suffered. For example, if one person taking a prescription drug suffers a debilitating stroke while another taking the same drug has a minor heart attack, compensation will reflect this.

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