Severance In Multiplaintiff Pharmaceutical Cases

Law360, New York (October 18, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT) -- In pharmaceutical cases, plaintiffs’ lawyers sometimes file complaints on behalf of large numbers of plaintiffs, all of whom are alleged to have taken the drug and suffered the same injury. In our practice, we have seen complaints that group dozens and sometimes hundreds of individual plaintiffs under the same caption.

Plaintiffs’ lawyers may do this for various reasons. Some are trying to show strength in numbers in the hope of encouraging a settlement. Some are trying to avoid paying the filing fees that separate complaints would...
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