What Duties Do Lead Lawyers Owe MDL Plaintiffs?

Law360, New York (October 10, 2017, 11:39 AM EDT) -- There is a persistent question in multidistrict proceedings: what duties do lead lawyers owe to individual plaintiffs who have no direct attorney-client relationship with them?

That’s the question at the heart of a recent opinion by Judge David Herndon in the Yazmin/Yaz litigation, although the opinion itself is about whether remand to state court is appropriate. (Spoiler: Judge Herndon thinks it isn’t.)

As to the federal jurisdiction question, given the way that the complaint is framed, jurisdiction appears to lie under CAFA, 28 U.S.C. 1332(d)(2), because...
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