The Mass Tort Institute

The Mass Tort Institute is a consortium of industry leaders dedicated to providing education, training, and networking opportunities for those advocating on behalf of mass tort victims. 

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MDL Early Vetting: The Increasing Use of Initial Census Forms

We’re all familiar with the U.S. government Census; that once-every-ten-year collection of information that gives us a broader sense of the American population. The information gathered from the Census plays an important role in determining community funding. With more than $400 billion a year at stake, the Census helps define how money is dispersed within a community.  How does …

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Using Public Records Resources in Mass Tort Cases

In civil litigation, one party may request from the other party information related to the case. Although there are various methods, the process is called generally “discovery.” One of those methods is the “document request.” The document request is self-explanatory: the requesting party provides the other party with a list of documents it wishes to …

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Unsuccessful Mass Torts: The Role of the MDL

What is it the makes a mass tort unsuccessful? Are there commonalities among the MDLs or some other factor that is overlooked? What caused the fall of the following mass torts? Mirena IUD  Baycol  Abilify  Zoloft Viagra/Cialis One thing that five mass tort dismissals had in common was massive advertising seeking cases, by websites created …

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Personal Injury to Mass Tort Attorney

Personal Injury law firms face a unique set of challenges to stay competitive. Managing overhead, fees and expenses, and compensation structure for associates and paraprofessional staff is a delicate balance. In a landscape shaped by constant regulatory and market shifts and “tort reform” efforts, PI firms need to plan to maintain long-term stability and growth. For small …

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Vital Signs: Why Your Firm Needs a Midyear Financial Checkup

Ready for a financial checkup? It’s the end of August, and you are sitting down to reconcile your bank accounts for July’s activity. This is an exercise you do every month (or should be doing). But are there things you may be overlooking in the hustle and bustle of operating your law firm? It’s not enough to be in the mindset of “money …

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Attorney Wellness: An Alert in the Legal Profession

Throughout August, National Wellness Month focuses on self-care, managing stress, and promoting healthy routines. If there is one profession that should pause for a moment and concentrate on wellness, it’s the legal profession.   Attorney wellness is a growing conversation and it’s no surprise why. Attorneys have highly stressful jobs and are at higher risk for health issues. Several studies …

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Asking For Help With Depression: The Plight of the Attorney

My father used to offer this analogy about human nature in the context of finding their way through a serious crisis:   Imagine you’ve crawled into a whisky barrel. Someone comes along and seals the barrel with you still inside. Then, the barrel is tipped over and you feel yourself begin to roll down a hill. The …

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What is a Paraprofessional

What is a Paraprofessional? The Inside Scoop

On any given day, there are many people working to support attorneys in their legal work. Law firm clients may work with receptionists, legal assistants, case managers, and paralegals. These workers are known as paraprofessionals. What is a paraprofessional exactly? Paraprofessional  is a title given to individuals in various occupational fields, such as education, healthcare, engineering, and law. Historically, paraprofessionals assisted the master professional …

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