Mass Tort - Our Experience

The Mass Tort Group represents consumers injured by defective drugs and medical devices.  We also represent persons injured or killed by catastrophes, such as the Senator Wellstone airplane crash and the Bhopal, India Gas Leak Disaster, and by unfair business practices like fraudulent drug pricing and deceptive marketing and promotion.  

Our work has made history.   The Mass Tort group represented the State of Minnesota and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota in a groundbreaking lawsuit against the tobacco industry.  After four years of litigation – including discovery of more than 30 million pages of internal documents, litigation of crime-fraud privilege issues, more than a dozen interlocutory appeals (including two to the U.S. Supreme Court), and four months of trial – the case settled on the eve of jury deliberations.  The settlement provides for more than $6.6 billion in payments to the State and Blue Cross, and unprecedented injunctive relief against the tobacco industry. Former  Surgeon General Dr. C. Everett Koop has called the Minnesota case one of the most significant public health achievements of the 20th century.

Fifteen years earlier the Mass Tort Group came to prominence in the Dalkon Shield cases when it represented over 500 women suing the manufacturer of an intrauterine birth control device. Our lawyers, in 20 months, broke a 10-year judicial logjam and led the way to the then-largest non-class action group settlement in legal history. 

We have represented injured consumers in a number of other drug and medical device cases  Mass Tort lawyers were lead counsel in multi-district litigation involving an intravenous immune globulin blood-based product contaminated with Hepatitis C virus, Gammagard, manufactured by Baxter Healthcare Corporation.

The Mass Tort Group also handled 39 cases on behalf of individuals from ten states injured from taking the diet drug fenfluramine, which was part of the so-called "fen-phen" diet regimen.

Recently, Mass Tort Lawyers represented many clients against St. Jude Medical, Inc.  These cases involved the recalled St. Jude “Silzone” heart valves.  Our clients' valves developed paravalvular leaks, and many of these individuals had to undergo additional open heart surgery to replace the valve. 

The Mass Tort lawyers also represented clients with failed Sulzer hip implants, and are currently representing individuals harmed by the defective drug Vioxx and those harmed by the release of anhydrous ammonia following the derailment of a Canadian Pacific/Soo Line train on January 18, 2002 near Minot, North Dakota.   

The articles on our Website include some of the publications and papers authored by our attorneys, both before and after they joined our firm. The content of these articles should not be taken as legal advice.