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The Lone Pine order is now a well-established aspect of mass tort and product liability litigation. First issued in a 1986 New Jersey state court case, Lore v. Lone Pine Corporation, the court’s case management order in that case required plaintiffs to provide expert reports supporting a causal link between the alleged injuries and defendant’s landfill, and plaintiffs’ failure to come forward with such evidence resulted in dismissal of their claims. The Lone Pine order acts a gatekeeper to eliminate baseless claims at an early stage of the litigation by demanding evidence on a threshold scientific question.

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