JPML Head Judge Explains Why Panel Is More Picky

Law360, New York (May 24, 2013, 8:21 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has rejected a higher percentage of centralization requests in recent years, a trend the head of the panel told Law360 was due in part to a rise in patent cases and other types of litigation he said were more likely to center on individual issues.

The JPML is composed of seven judges who meet six times a year to decide whether a group of related cases should be combined into multidistrict litigation. From 2010 to 2012, the panel denied...
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