UGA law school hosts book discussion on Burch’s Mass Tort Deals

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia School of Law will host a discussion of the recently published book Mass Tort Deals: Backroom Bargaining in Multidistrict Litigationwhich 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 1:00 p.m. in Classroom B of Hirsch Hall on UGA’s North Campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Published by the Cambridge University Press, Mass Tort Deals identifies a “systematic lack of checks and balances” in our 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.

Mass Tort Deals has been characterized as one of the most important books to come out about the American tort system and as a must read for concerned citizens, policymakers, lawyers and judges.

Speakers will include Burch, Georgetown University Law Center’s Maria Glover and the University of Houston Law Center’s Teddy Rave.

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Writer/Contact:  Heidi M. Murphy, 706-583-5487, hmurphy@uga.edu

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