Lone Pine order

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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.,[1] 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.

Sources

References

  1. No. L-03306-85, 1986 N.J. Super. LEXIS 1626 (N.J. Sup. Ct. Nov. 18, 1986).
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