To Transfer Or Not To Transfer: An MDL Overview

Law360, New York (January 30, 2012, 1:50 PM EST) -- When the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (MDL Panel) centralizes product liability cases pending in far-flung district courts, it significantly impacts their progression. The panel’s decision to grant — or deny — a motion to transfer can affect the volume and timing of discovery, as well as the location of hearings on pre-trial motions.[1]

While commentators previously have analyzed trends in the panel’s decisions regarding product liability cases[2], this article updates prior analyses by reviewing decisions after August 2006 and examining the factors identified by...
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