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Discussion set for Burch’s ‘Mass Tort Deals’

The University of Georgia School of Law will host a discussion of the recently published book Mass Tort Deals: Backroom Bargaining in Multidistrict Litigation, which was written by Elizabeth Chamblee Burch, the holder of the law school’s Fuller E. Callaway Chair.

The discussion will be held Nov. 8 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Classroom B of Hirsch Hall. The event is open free to the public. Speakers will include Burch, Georgetown University Law Center’s Maria Glover and the University of Houston Law Center’s Teddy Rave.

Mass Tort Deals identifies a “systematic lack of checks and balances” in U.S. federal courts that “may benefit everyone but the plaintiffs—the very people who are often unable to stand up for themselves”—in mass tort lawsuits over products like opioids that have caused millions of Americans harm. In her book, Burch raises concerns over the current multidistrict litigation process and suggests reforms that may benefit more victims as they seek justice.