Product Liability MDLs: The 'Secret Statistics'

Law360, New York (October 23, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Many product liability lawyers know the basics of practice before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.

If civil actions involving common questions of fact are pending in different federal district courts, then a party can ask the Panel to transfer all of the cases to a single court “for the convenience of parties and witnesses” and to “promote the just and efficient conduct of such actions.” 28 U.S.C. § 1407.

Two critical aspects of MDL practice are, however, less well known, and both merit brief comment:...
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