You’ve probably heard of Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) cases before. Multidistrict Litigation refers to a special federal legal procedure designed to speed the process of handling complex cases across multiple locations, like complex product liability suits. MDL cases generally occur when civil actions involving one or more common questions of fact are pending in different districts.
In order to efficiently process cases that could involve hundreds, or thousands, of plaintiffs in dozens of different federal courts which all share common issues, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation decides whether cases should be consolidated under MDL, and where the cases should be transferred.
Cases subject to MDL are sent from one court to another for all pretrial proceedings and discovery. If a case is not settled or dismissed, it is sent back for trial.
At Gingras, Thomsen & Wachs, our experienced attorneys have handled numerous different types of cases in MDL, including:
- DePuy Hip Implants – metal on metal hip recall cases
- Syngenta Corn – consumer fraud cases involving corn seed
- Stryker Hip Implants – metal on metal hip recall cases
- ACTOS – diabetes drug with a link to causing cancer