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Inside Massive Injury Lawsuits, Clients Get Traded Like Commodities for Big Money

A disgruntled former law firm employee spills secrets on a mass tort factory.
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For all the black robes and ceremony, the American legal system often operates more like a factory assembly line than a citadel of individualized justice. Ninety-five percent of criminal prosecutions end in plea deals. Many defective-product claims settle in mass pacts that benefit attorneys more than putative victims. Now a legal dispute within a plaintiffs' law firm that organizes massive torts is threatening to pull back the curtain on the mechanics of high-volume litigation.

It’s not a pretty picture.