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Protecting Against Mass Torts

A “Mass Tort” is some circumstance that harms or injures numerous people, and may give rise to claims for damages. The following is a list of some of the current or potential Mass Tort litigation around the country. If you have questions about Mass Torts, please call Ross & Matthews, your LegalShield provider law firm, for advice.

  1. Camp Lejeune:  Under a recent Act of Congress, veterans and their families, and civilian workers, who lived or worked for at least 30 days at Camp Lejeune, NC or its surrounding bases, Camp Geiger and New River between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987 may make a claim for a number of specific medical conditions. The claims relate to exposure to toxins in the drinking water.
  2. NEC Infant Formula:  Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) is a frequently deadly condition that affects a substantial number of premature newborns. Even if the baby survives, the condition can cause serious and permanent injury. Epidemiological studies have shown that infant formula fortified with bovine milk substantially increases the risk of developing this condition. The case is based on a lack of warnings for the formula and/or substituting human breast milk fortifiers.
  3. Zantac:  Long term users of Zantac (generic name ranitidine), before it was withdrawn from the market in 2019, have an increased risk of developing bladder, stomach, esophagus, liver and pancreatic cancer.  Long term use typically means one year for bladder cancer, and three years for the other cancer types.
  4. Exactech Knee Replacement Device:  Tens of thousands of these devices have been recalled for contamination of their polyethylene parts, which can cause such complications as pain, instability and swelling. There is no formal mass tort at this time, but the affected products include Optetrak, Opetrak Logic, Truliant Tibial Inserts, Vantage Total Ankle System, Connexion GXL Acetabular Liner, Acumatch GXL liner, MCS GXL Liner, Exactech All Polyethylene Cemented Cup, Acumatch Conventional UHMWPE, MCS Conventional UHMWPE and NOVATION Conventional UHMWPE.

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