How Magistrate Judges Can Help Tame Large Product MDLs

By Douglas Smith (January 21, 2022, 6:01 PM EST) -- The size of large multidistrict product liability litigations is expanding rapidly. While several years ago it was rare for a single MDL proceeding to involve tens of thousands of cases, today there are multiple MDL proceedings that have exceeded this mark.

A 2018 report by Lawyers for Civil Justice catalogs this increase, demonstrating that the number of MDLs with more than 1,000 pending cases has increased dramatically in the last few decades.[1]

As the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for Legal Reform noted last October, this increase has culminated in mega-MDLs such as In re: Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Litigation,...

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