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Mass Toxic Tort Litigation And Class Action Rule Reform In The United States, Jason L. Betts Sep 2003

Mass Toxic Tort Litigation And Class Action Rule Reform In The United States, Jason L. Betts

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The paper advances the proposition that mass toxic tort litigation has been the predominant driver of class action rule reform in the Unites States. Through three distinct phases of proposals to reform Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the judicial and academic attitude to the certification of mass toxic torts has influenced the reform debate in radically different ways – initially by providing the catalyst for efforts to reform Rule 23; then as a dampener against significant reforms to Rule 23 in the wake of mass toxic tort “settlement-only” classes; and ultimately as an explanation for the …