A mass tort occurs when many plaintiffs file similar or identical civil lawsuits against one plaintiff. Examples of mass torts would include products liability lawsuits, toxic torts and lawsuits filed in the wake of a disaster. Sometimes a mass tort is the result of a single event, such as a plane crash or chemical spill. In other instances, it may be a result of multiple events that occur over a period of time, such as a defective drug that's sickened or injured many people. Litigating a mass tort case can require some specific legal skills. If you think you have a potential claim, talk to attorneys or law firms with experience representing plaintiffs in mass tort litigation.