Mass Tort Reforms Prompt Fewer Filings, Philly Judge Reports

Law360, Philadelphia (February 12, 2013, 5:11 PM EST) -- An administrative judge for Philadelphia's trial court system reported Thursday that efforts to reduce a significant backlog of pharmaceutical and asbestos mass tort cases were succeeding, and ordered that reformed procedures for these cases continue.

In a notice to the mass tort bar, Administrative Judge John W. Herron of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas noted a 70 percent reduction in mass tort filings from 2011 to 2012. The judge also found that out-of-state filings and discovery disputes in the court had declined, while settlement activity...
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