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Managing the Complex: A Brief Survey of Lone Pine Orders

A Lone Pine order is a case management tool that takes its name from a 1986 environmental mass tort case in which a New Jersey court required the plaintiffs to substantiate their allegations of personal injury, property damage and causation before proceeding with discovery.1 Principally because of the suspect nature of the plaintiffs’ claims, the Lone Pine court placed a threshold burden on them to present prima facie evidence of injury and causation, which should have been evident from their pre-suit investigation.2 When the plaintiffs failed to meet this burden, the court dismissed their claims.3 By creating this hurdle, the court limited the ability of plaintiffs to use mass tort litigation as a tactical means of extracting an unmerited settlement.4

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1 Lore v. Lone Pine Corp., No. L-33606-85, 1986 WL 637507 (N.J. Super. Ct. Law Div. Nov. 18, 1986).

2 Id. at *4.

3 Id. at *2.

4 Id. at *4.

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Christopher Torres, Greenberg Traurig Law Firm, Tampa, Environmental and Litigation Law Attorney
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Christopher Torres is the Administrative Shareholder of the Tampa Office and concentrates his practice on toxic tort defense, environmental litigation, land use litigation, business and complex commercial litigation, and aggregate litigation. Previously, Chris has represented clients in the areas of securities litigation and enforcement, white collar litigation, and appeals. Chris also has experience in the areas of corporate and securities law where he has advised boards of directors on corporate governance issues and contests for corporate control, represented...

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David Weinstein, Greenberg Traurig, Tampa, Washington DC, New York, Corporate, Environmental, Finance and Real Estate Litigation Attorney
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David Weinstein is the Managing Shareholder of the Tampa Office and Chairs the Environmental & Toxic Torts Litigation Practice. David has an active civil and white-collar litigation practice, with an emphasis on environmental, toxic tort, real estate, business, health care, and other challenging matters. In the civil context, he represents clients in class actions, mass torts, and other complex litigation. David also represents organizations and individuals in federal, state, and local criminal investigations. In both the civil and criminal areas, David has...

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