Mass torts dominate America's legal landscape, covering everything from asbestos exposure to the opioid crisis. These cases create an overwhelming amount of data that reveals a worrisome image. The scale of mass torts in the U.S. is vast, with a constant increase in filings, multi-billion-dollar settlements, and a widespread impact on society. Mass tort filings have notably risen in recent decades, with a standout 37% increase in multi-district litigation in 2016, primarily mass tort cases. Asbestos-related lawsuits are the largest mass tort in U.S. history, with over 730,000 claimants. Lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies due to the opioid crisis also contribute significantly. Yet, only 3% of mass tort claims reach trial, leading to broad financial implications and demands for tort reform. Understanding this complex area requires diligent statistical research.
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