MDLs Surge To Majority Of Entire Federal Civil Caseload

By Dave Simpson (March 14, 2019, 10:54 PM EDT) -- For the first time, multidistrict litigation makes up more than half the federal civil caseload, continuing a trend of an increasing concentration of MDLs in federal courts, according to a study from Lawyers for Civil Justice released Thursday.

MDLs accounted for 52 percent of all pending federal civil cases at the end of the last fiscal year, according to the study from the coalition of defense trial lawyer organizations, law firms, and corporations, up from 47 percent in the previous fiscal year.

LCJ Executive Director Andrea B. Looney said the findings underscore a need to amend the Federal Rules of Civil...

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