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Navigating the Muddy Waters of an MDL: Strategies to Get (and Keep) Your Case in Federal Court

April 29, 2015 - DRI's The Voice
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Under 28 U.S.C. § 1407, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation is charged with consolidating cases sharing common questions of fact from different federal districts into a single court for pretrial activities and acts as a gatekeeper to multidistrict litigation (MDL) proceedings. The importance of having a single judge consistently decide all dispositive motions and pretrial issues of fact and law while also avoiding significant cross-country defense costs and overlapping trials in varied jurisdictions cannot be overstated. This article offers guidance on how to move cases efficiently through the panel and into an MDL when your client faces hundreds of lawsuits across the country. To read the article, click here.

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