So The JPML Spurned Your MDL Bid. Now What?

By Greg Ryan (July 11, 2013, 9:33 PM EDT) -- When the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation refuses to centralize a group of cases, it can leave litigants staring at a jumble of lawsuits, stuck in various procedural stages, in venues from Bangor to Yakima. Here, experts offer attorneys five tips for how to bounce back from the panel's rejection and coordinate litigation on their own.

The ability to informally coordinate litigation has become increasingly essential, as the JPML has rejected centralization petitions at a much higher rate in recent years. From 2010-12, it denied 42 percent of petitions filed, more than double the rejection rate from 2007-09.

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