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What is the Difference Between Mass Tort & Class Action Lawsuits?

These two types of lawsuits sound similar, as both include a large group of plaintiffs who share a common grievance against a single defendant. However, there are some differences between the two. The primary way these two types of lawsuits differ is the way in which the plaintiffs are treated. Even though a mass tort lawsuit has many plaintiffs, each one is treated as a distinct individual. This means each plaintiff will have their own lawyer and will be required to prove certain facts to win their case. On the other hand, in a class action lawsuit, the group of plaintiffs is seen as a whole, called a class, and is represented by the same lawyer, called a class representative. All members of the class are treated as one plaintiff. Another primary difference between these two types of suits is that in a mass tort case, the individual recovery per plaintiff is often much larger than recovery in a class action lawsuit.

raging california wildfire

Representing California Fire Victims

In some cases, wildfires are started by natural causes. Though devastating, there’s no one to blame when fires start naturally. However, some fires occur due to the negligence of individuals or corporations. When this occurs, someone must be held responsible for the damage caused and the lives lost. Northern California recently suffered a fire like this, in which PG&E equipment started the devastating Camp Fire. If your home was burned or a loved one was lost during this event, PG & E can be held responsible. The team at Becker Law Group can help you receive compensation by representing you in the mass tort lawsuit against the company. Please reach out to us today if you would like to discuss your situation.

Carson Massive Warehouse Fire

Carson Massive Warehouse Fire

A massive fire in September 2021 at a warehouse that contained wellness and beauty products was likely to blame for the foul odor which has engulfed the city of Carson over a couple of months. The odor forced the city of Carson to relocate over 1,300 residents to hotel rooms. The chemicals from the products, which included ethanol, went into the sewer system and entered the Dominguez Channel, which caused elevated levels of hydrogen sulfide to be emitted into the air. It was also found that hydrogen sulfide levels were 230 times higher than the state nuisance standard. If you are a victim resident who has been exposed to and experienced symptoms of noxious gas exposure, we are here to help you.

We’ll Help You Get the Compensation You Deserve

The Camp Fire started by PG&E was incredibly destructive. It burned 153,336 acres and destroyed 13,972 residences, 528 commercial buildings, and 4,293 other buildings. It also caused three firefighter injuries and 85 civilian deaths. Though the company has already pleaded guilty in a grand jury indictment, and paid a settlement of $13.5 billion, individual claims for victims in Paradise, Magalia, Concow, and other affected areas are also being reviewed in a mass tort lawsuit. We can represent you in this case and help to get you appropriate compensation for property damages and loss of loved ones. Let our team fight for your rights.

Here to Help

Becker Law Group can help all victims of California Wildfires. Becker Law Group is part of the largest group of fire attorneys who specializes in wildfires is taking lead to investigate the real cause of the deadliest wildfire in the state’s history for the fire victims. If you or someone you know was a victim of the recent Camp Fire in Northern California or the Woolsey Fire & Hill Fire in Southern California, please contact us for a free consultation. You may be able to recover monetary compensation for personal injury or loss of a loved one, both personal and structural damage and loss, cost and expense of evacuation, and more.

Northern and Southern California Deeply Affected by the Deadly “Camp Fire” and “Woolsey Fire”

“2 Electric Utilities Reported Problems Minutes Before Deadly Wildfires Began”

After a year of recovering thousands of structures and homes from the California wildfires, another wilder and deadlier fire known as the Camp Fire in Butte County, has topped the Californian record books as the deadliest and most destructive blaze in state history. The Camp fire has scorched some 153,336 acres and destroyed 13,972 residences and 4,821 buildings, The current death toll has now reached 86. While authorities have located 3,266 people, 3 people who are still unaccounted for after the blaze.

PG&E at Fault

According to sources, there’s “pretty overwhelming” evidence that PG&E is at fault for the Camp fire by failing to not shut off power to prevent fires. There were also witnesses as well as a PG&E safety incident report made to the California Public Utilities Commission about problems with equipment near where the fire is believed to have started.

Contact Us Today for a Consultation

If your home was damaged by a fire in Northern California, you deserve to have your damages covered by the at-fault party. The team at Becker Law Group is here to ensure you get the compensation you deserve, and that PG&E is held responsible. Please reach out to us today to learn more about this lawsuit and the next steps to take. We can schedule a consultation to discuss your situation.

Senior Attorney Mr. Todd Becker

Our lead senior trial attorney, Mr. Todd Becker has worked in Chico area for more than 10 years, helped many clients in prior fires and is currently investigating the liability of the Camp Fire and Woolsey/Hill Fire, where the utility companies including PG&E were believed responsible. We will provide one on one, in person free consultation. Please do not hesitate, we are just one call away: 562-399-9317.

Vegas Shooting Case

The tragedy that occurred at the Route 91 Harvest Festival left many people searching for answers and compensation. We believe that numerous factors, including the negligence of the MGM resort, contributed to the death and injury of countless individuals present at the festival. That’s why we are representing families of victims as well as survivors to help them obtain the compensation they deserve. MGM has agreed to pay up to $800 million to settle thousands of liability claims stemming from this incident. Please reach out to us today of if you would like more information about this lawsuit and how to become a part of it if you or a loved one was injured at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

Ask Us Questions

We’re ready to answer questions for those who have lost their home, business or have been injured or lost a loved one. Call Todd Becker 562-399-9317 for Information. Proud to be Serving Butte County for Over 10 years.

USC Case: Lawsuit Information

It has been alleged that over three decades, University of Southern California’s (USC) lead administrators charged with protecting students were made aware of complaints of sexual misconduct and abuse against Dr. George Tyndall, the school gynecologist. It is alleged that they did nothing to stop him. Furthermore, they allowed the doctor to quietly resign and never reported his behavior to the proper authorities. USC officials failed to terminate him or publicly validate the victims’ claims. A recent lawsuit claims that USC turned a blind eye and that the gynecologist preyed upon vulnerable Chinese students who were unfamiliar with gynaecological exams.

Becker Law Group Wants To Listen And Help

Update 07/12/2018: Becker Law Group is officially representing multiple chinese female students

“An attorney for the Chinese patients, Todd Becker, said the women took longer than some American peers to pursue litigation because of cultural differences. Civil suits are uncommon in China, he said, and in some cases, parents pressured daughters not to involve themselves in suits that might invite negative scrutiny.” – LA Times 07.13.2018

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Effects of Abuse

Sexual abuse can have psychological, emotional, and physical effects on a survivor. These effects aren’t always easy to deal with, but with the right help and support they can be managed. Let us help you find the best form of care to begin the healing process. If you or a loved one believe you have been subjected to sexual assault, abuse, or harassment by Dr. George Tyndall or any other USC employee, we can help.

All inquiries are absolutely confidential, and if you decide to pursue a claim, California law allows victims of sexual abuse or assault to remain nameless.

Becker Law Group Holds Press Conference

Who: Patrick McNicholas (McNicholas & McNicholas, LLP) and Todd Becker, attorneys representing three former University of Southern California (USC) students who were victims of sexual assault by Dr. George Tyndall.


McNicholas and Becker are holding a press conference to discuss the lawsuit filed against USC, Engemann Student Health Center, Keck Medicine of USC, George Tyndall, M.D. and related parties on behalf of three former USC students who were allegedly victims of sexual misconduct, sexual assault and harassment while gynecological patients of Tyndall. McNicholas and Becker will address the legal issues in this case, next steps, such as what the discovery process in a sexual abuse case entails, and the concerns of the community, students and their families, both domestic and abroad. Please note that the victims’ identities are confidential and they will not be present at the press conference.


Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 3:00 PM. Press set up at 2:00 PM.


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If you would like to attend the press conference and/or set up an interview, please contact Melanie Lilly-Buster at | (o): 310-405-7331 | (m): 617-519-9948.

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