Seeking Early General Causation Determinations

Law360, New York (July 2, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- With products liability state mass torts and federal multidistrict litigations on the rise with no slowing down in sight, the single most important thing a defense lawyer can do is to advocate for an early demonstration of general causation by the plaintiffs.

The advantage of such a procedure is obvious: easy administration by the courts and early exposure of baseless claims before the client’s time, money and resources are spent (and wasted) on unnecessary discovery.

A clear understanding of the importance of general causation and the...
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