10 March 2017Jon Robinson
Law firms that handle class action and mass tort lawsuits face the unique challenge of simultaneously organizing dozens — if not hundreds — of similar claims.
Litify’s legal software solutions can help firms break through efficiency barriers and capitalize on multi-plaintiff litigation.
The need for mass litigation firms to embrace project management technology is especially relevant as new litigation introduced in the House of Representatives threatens to fundamentally alter the mass tort landscape and exert greater organizational pressure on firms.
H.R. 985 Could Complicate Class Actions, Mass Torts.
Proposed legislation in the House of Representatives could drastically affect not only Americans’ ability to seek compensation through class actions and MDLs, but also the way that class action and mass tort attorneys approach these cases.
If the changes outlined in H.R. 985 are signed into law, Litify could be a game-changer for law firms doing class action and mass tort work.
Section 3 of the Act proposes allowing class-action certification only if each proposed class member suffered the “same type and scope of injury.” The section further states that order determinations will be based on a “rigorous analysis of the evidence presented.”
Using Litify Intake, class action attorneys could immediately determine whether each proposed class member suffered the same type and scope of injury as the named representative(s).
The Intake app allows you to create a dynamic questionnaire so you immediately know which cases are priority, and you can sign clients up right in the app.
Separating high-quality leads from low-quality leads is just the beginning. Once a lead is signed up as a client, you must effectively manage communications and important data.
Using Litify’s Dice Dialer, create priority-based dialer lists that integrate into your phone system. Make calls or send emails directly from the app and keep communications centralized across all your firm’s channels.
The ability to implement a formula for each case is also important in light of the Act’s mass tort amendments. Section 5 of the bill would require attorneys to submit evidence supporting the plaintiff’s alleged injury within the first 45 days after the action is transferred or filed.
With Litify Matters, every aspect of a case — including discovery documents, pleadings, and court dates — are tracked in a single application.
Litify Matters lets you dictate firm-wide which pretrial steps should be done, and when. Create specific plans for each team member, manage documents (including medical records) from within the application, set task deadlines, and see tasks through to completion.
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H.R. 985 is no sure thing. The bill has received major backlash from consumer advocates and legal experts who warn that it would make it much harder for people to sue large companies.
But regardless of the bill, the legal industry is undergoing major changes, thanks in no small part to technological disruptions.
Firms that don’t embrace technology in the highly-competitive legal field may soon find themselves lagging behind. And if H.R. 985 is implemented, firms that have made the switch to the 21st Century Law Firm will be well-positioned to thrive in a much more hostile litigation environment.