What Attorneys Should Know About State MDLs

Law360 (May 19, 2021, 4:39 PM EDT) -- Federal multidistrict litigation has dominated the conversation on complex litigation among lawyers, reformers and academics alike. But federal MDLs are not the only game in town. State courts also handle complex disputes, and have developed specialized procedures to do so, though these procedures have often flown beneath the radar, overshadowed by federal MDLs.

In a recent law review article, we surveyed efforts to consolidate complex cases in state courts, what we call state multidistrict litigation.[1] California was the first state to adopt a state MDL procedure in 1972, just four years after the federal MDL statute was passed.

Today, roughly half...

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