Lone Pine order
A Lone Pine order is a court order in mass toxic tort cases that requires plaintiffs to show:
- (1) the identity of the chemical or substance that caused the injury;
- (2) the specific disease, illness, or injury caused by the substance; and
- (3) a causal link between exposure to the substance and the plaintiff's injury.
Some Lone Pine orders also require plaintiffs to show:
- (4) the amount of the substance or chemical to which plaintiffs were exposed;
- (5) expert medical opinions to exclude other causes; and
- (6) specific dates of exposure to the toxic substance.
The precedent for the Lone Pine order is Lore v. Lone Pine Corp., a New Jersey complaint against a landfill that was dismissed by the judge for failure by the plaintiffs to provide this showing in a timely manner.
- John T. Burnett - Lone Pine orders: A wolf in sheep's clothing for environmental and toxic tort litigation
- No. L-03306-85, 1986 N.J. Super. LEXIS 1626 (N.J. Sup. Ct. Nov. 18, 1986).