Mass Tort Leads Pricing in 2024

Our firm does not buy mass tort leads for many reasons, not the least of which is that we do not believe mass tort lead generation companies deliver quality claims. But it goes deeper than that. There is nothing morally or ethically wrong with buying mass tort leads. But it just feels icky, at least to us.

That said, I follow the pricing pretty closely. Why? It is the closest thing we have to a free market economy that produces the expectations associated with certain pieces of mass tort litigation.

May 2024 More Lead Cost Numbers

I got an email on May 9th with these numbers:

Torts/Cases Avg. Per Lead Avg. Per Signed
RoundUp $265-$375 $2,650-$3,300
Talcum Powder $360-$440 $2,600-$3,400
Zantac $150-$250 $900-$1,300
Weight Loss Drugs (GLP-1 RA) $35-$65 $350-$750
Bard PowerPort $115-$135 $750-$1,000
Firefighting Foam (AFFF) $260-$340 $1,900-$2,400
Hair Relaxers $225-$325 $1,600-$2,400
Hernia Mesh $190-$220 $1,350-$1,650
Baby Formula NEC $550-$650 $4,800-$5,400
CPAP/BiPAP $125-$175 $1,000-$1,200

It is suprising to me anyone is still buying Zantac cases in May 2024.  The Bard PowerPort number seems extremely low.  Cannot imagine someone buying Zantac leads when they are more expensive that PowerPort.

April 2024 Mass Tort Lead Costs and Spending

Numbers on mass tort advertising spending for last month (March 2024) are now in. Camp Lejeune is still at the top of the list of what lawyers are spending advertising money for, but the total amount spent on Lejeune leads dropped by nearly $2 million over the prior month. This could be a sign of things to come, as the consensus seems to be that the Camp Lejeune party is all but over at this point, with most of the good claims having already been filed. Mesothelioma comes in at $2, followed by Roundup at #3.

Below is a list of the cost per lead for mass torts as of April 2024:

  • Camp Lejeune: $1,300 – $3,000
  • Roundup: $1,400
  • Ozempic $490 – $1,200
  • AFFF: $2,700
  • Hair Relaxer: $430
  • Talcum Powder: $470

We are taking Suboxone lawsuits alleging tooth decay.  We get a ton of these cases because there is no pay-per-click advertising.  But lawyers who are looking for these cases are mostly targeting people on Instagram, Facebook, etc.  This is getting them tons of clients. But are they the best clients in the litigation?  Probably not.  It is different when someone goes looking for a lawyer as opposed to the idea of getting one being thrust upon them in an ad.

June 2023 Mass Tort Lead Costs

This is from an unsolicited email we got on June 20, 2023 with costs per signed retainer:

  • Tylenol (Autism): $1000-1200
  • Paragard IUD: $1500-2000
  • Zantac: $1000-1200
  • Truvada: $1500-2000
  • 3M Earplugs: $1000-1200
  • Cartiva: $3200-3500
  • Roundup: $2500-3200
  • Talcum Powder: $2200-2500
  • Hernia Mesh: $1000-1500
  • Camp Lejeune: $3000-4000
  • NEC: $3500-5000
  • CPAP: $850-1000
  • AFFF: $2400-2800
  • Elmiron: $3000-5000

Interesting that Zantac is off the list.  You also do not see Gardasil or AFFF.

February 2023 Mass Tort Lead Costs

This marketing agency reached out with cost per leads. I think the numbers are out of whack.  Compare Zantac – which is on life support – to AFFF which may settle this spring.

This also lays out pay for lead costs and a list of the top 10 mass torts marketing-wise in February 2023. Here is the top 10 and the relative spending.  I assume CPL is cost per lead and CPA is cost per acquisition:

  1. Mesothelioma – $4,203,000
  2. Camp Lejeune – $3,339,000 (CPL: $2,000-$2,500, CPA: $4,000-$5,000)
  3. Chemical Hair Straightener – $1,402,000 (CPL: $1,000, CPA: $1,667)
  4. Talcum Powder – $892,000 (CPL: $200, CPA: $400)
  5. Hernia Mesh – $399,000
  6. Birth Injury – $324,000
  7. Tylenol – $309,000 (CPL: $200, CPA: $606)
  8. Roundup – $188,000 (CPL: $2,350, CPA: $3,917)
  9. Paraquat – $144,000 (CPL: $1,200, CPA: $2,667)
  10. 9/11 Compensation Fund – $138,000

I don’t count meso and birth injury cases as mass torts.  But this data is really interesting.  It is not exactly apples to apples but you can look at some of the older prices below.  (Why are talc cases so cheap?  Why are Paraquat prices coming down NOW?)

Older Mass Tort Lead Pricing (March 2022)

I really find the costs of purchasing mass tort leads to be a barometer for which mass torts have the greatest potential for success.  It is a widely imperfect barometer but it is still one marker of many we use.   Here is the latest pricing information I received on March 8, 2022.

3M Earplugs $1,200
CPAP $950
Elmiron $2,600 – $3,100
Hernia Mesh $1,400 – $1,700
Institutional Sexual Abuse $4,000 – $6,000
NEC Baby Formula $4,000 – $6,000
Paragard $2,400 – $2,700
Paraquat $4,000 – $6,000
Roundup $2,200 – $2,400
Talc $2,300 – $2,500
Zantac $1,300 – $1,700

Certainly, the NEC and Paraquat pricing is on the rise.

  • One lawyers faced attacks from Abbott for his use of third parties in trying to get new NEC clients

February 7, 2022 Post

This post was originally written last year.  Yesterday, I received some new mass tort lead costs in 2022 that you may find interesting:

Mass Tort Case  Price* 
3M Combat Earplugs $1,200
CPAP $950
Elmiron $2,500 to $2,900
Hernia Mesh $1,400 to $1,700
NEC Baby Formula $2,900 to $3,400
Paragard $2,400
Paraquat $3,000 to $3,600
Roundup $2,250
Sexual Abuse $2,900
Talcum powder $2,200 to $2,400
Zantac $1,300 to $1,600

Original 2021 Post

From the mass tort work our lawyers do, we form opinions about the value of various class action type lawsuits, most involving pharmaceutical drugs or medical devices.

Our law firm makes virtually the same effort in all these cases.  We tell lawyers and victims what we know about the litigation on our blogs and websites.  That is the only “marketing” that we do – mass tort leads for sale is not our wheelhouse.

But, clearly, different cases have different potential values.  How do we compare different mass torts’ expected trial or settlement value?

I provide some 2022 updates to this post where appropriate because I wrote this post a year ago.

Unsolicited Email I Received Last Year (2021)

This unsolicited email gives us a clue.  This guy is marketing leads in mass tort cases.  Presumably, the free market determines the prices for each lead and each signed retainer.


Managing $1M+ in monthly ad spend, we aren’t seeing anyone consistently beat our [company name] mass tort numbers.

  • Zantac – $140/lead – $500-$700/retainer
  • Paragard -$460/retainer
  • Elmiron – $2k-$3k/retainer
  • Belviq – $10k-$15k+/retainer
  • 3M – $120/lead – $1,200/retainer
  • Hernia Mesh – $120/lead – $1,140/retainer
  • Fire Foam – $300/lead – $1,200/retainer
  • Talc -$480/lead – $2,650/retainer
  • Metal Hip -$300/lead – $1,020/retainer
  • Paraquat – $300/lead – $1,800/retainer
  • Clergy Abuse – $420/lead – $2,400/retainer

(Updated: I was quoted $3,500 to $4,000 for NEC lawsuit retainers on January 26, 2022.)

I’m updating costs as markets fluctuate so, if you would, please help point me toward your mass tort managing attorney or unsubscribe below if this data is of no interest.

All numbers are averages from varying criteria across the board, so I’ll need your specific case criteria for a more tailored quote.

Who is [Company Name]? – We founded and sold [name of a company known for aggressive marketing], which now serves 10,000+ legal clients.  At [company name], we’re working with 150+ plaintiff firms and are happy to provide as many references as you like.

Interesting, right?  Whatever my opinions are, you have to appreciate that there are a lot of smart lawyers making judgments leading to supply and demand intersecting at these prices.  The free market economy does not always lead to the correct price, as anyone playing the stock market knows.  But I trust the free market over the intuition of a single lawyer, myself included.

Below are some of my random thoughts about this list.

Where Is Roundup?

I still believe that there will be more Roundup cancer lawsuits.  These cases are settling for an average of over $100,000, with the best cases settling for much more.  These cancers have a long latency period.  Bayer is leaving this stuff on the market.  That has to increase the future value of the cases.  You pay $11 billion to victims and you keep selling the stuff?   I think the free market economy misfires. You are seeing that with low interest in Roundup cases.

mass tort lawsuits

Karma is not Bayer’s friend in all of this.  How cynical is Bayer to pay 11 billion American dollars and keep the product on the market?  It seems you either pay the settlements and take the product off the shelves or fight the cases to the bitter end.

Does anyone at Bayer ever ask, what will people think?   (Bayer did ask that question in this case either.)  There is no coddling or public relations with Bayer, right?  You would admire their steely pragmatism if, you know, people were not dying as a result.

As a side note, I know many people were upset by the final amounts of the Roundup lawsuits. If you settle for $100,000 and you have attorneys’ fees and such, it does not seem like enough money to compensate a victim who suffered from cancer.  The reality is mass tort cases historically settle.  The aggregation of claims puts pressure on the defendant to resolve the claims or risk bankruptcy (this is exactly what happened with Bayer).   But other economic and political structures in MDL mass torts push towards settlement. The result is a success. But not on the fairest terms.

  • Update: I was quoted $3,000 in January 2022 for signed Roundup retainers.  So who knows?   The free market in this business is not quite like the stock market!

3M Earplug Lawsuits Are Being Taken Seriously

There was disbelief about the 3M earplug litigation.  There were so many cases and 3M was just so confident they would get out on summary judgment before trial.  It was almost like Well, that did not happen and we have trial dates starting in April.  These are good injuries, the greatest imaginable plaintiffs, and there are more than 200,000 victims who have filed a claim.  This is the biggest mass tort lawsuit in human history.

So, at first, there was not much value in the cases.  Now it is $120 a lead and $1,200 for each retainer.  Those are not big numbers in relative terms.  But these lawsuits are now being taken seriously.  Hopefully, the first MDL trial leads to a big verdict.

Update: $110 million verdict is making these look cheap!

Belviq Cases Are Big Deal… But Where Are They?

Belviq is a diet drug.  Drug companies labor under the mistaken belief that they can find the elixir to obesity (or non-smoking hot thinness).  Maybe somebody will one day. But is there one out there that doctors recommend in 2021?  No.  But, in the meantime, these drugs have caused countless injuries to desperate people looking to catch lightning in a bottle.  In this case, people with obesity were putting themselves at increased risk of cancer.

Our attorneys are going after Belviq cases but we do not have a ton of signed cases.  Why?  I don’t think there are that many out there.  The drug was approved for obesity and doctors know the history of diet drugs.  So it was not widely prescribed.

Zantac at $140 Surprises Me

I’m bullish on the Zantac litigation and $140 a lead/$500-700 a signed retainer seems like a pretty good price.  We have some key ingredients of a successful mass tort case here:

  • catastrophic injuries
  • a drug that has been pulled from the market by the FDA
  • a growing body of medical literature underscoring the causal connection between the drug and the alleged injury
  • the defendant is the 5th largest drug company in the world
  • the volume of cases encourages settlement (from both sides)

There will be a lot of plaintiffs to be sure and, yes, many of them did not get cancer from Zantac.  But to have all five of these crucial elements in one case… I think these claims could ultimately be more valuable than Roundup cases that settled for $11 billion.

[2023 Update: The Zantac MDL was dismissed by the trial judge. Maybe I should probably cover my track and delete that “bullish” presiction above.   Still, the state court cases move on and I guess I’m “bullish” on those too.

Paragard IUD Price Seems High

Let me start out by saying we are high on the Paragard IUD cases and our lawyers are eagerly seeking those cases.  There will be rare cases where the injuries are beyond awful.  But just like we look to the Roundup litigation for tea leaves for Zantac, it is hard not to look at Mirena for the Paragard cases.  Those cases were not, to say the least, wildly successful.

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