THL – TorHoerman Law

An Informal Guide: What is a Multidistrict Litigation?

 

multidistrict litigationWhat is a Multidistrict Litigation?

A multidistrict litigation, commonly referred to as MDL, is a special federal legal procedure designed to speed the process of handling complex litigations by consolidating cases and addressing all pretrial procedures in one court.

 

What does that mean?

When a large number of people who have all been affected by the same thing file individual lawsuits, the federal court system allows for consolidation of these cases into an MDL to make them easier to manage. The original lawsuits do not have to be in the same state. MDLs take cases from multiple federal districts (each state has at least one district) and puts them into one district court. This single district court then addresses all the discovery and pretrial procedures that apply to every case – cutting the costs and amount of resources needed, and keeping court rulings consistent with similar cases.

 

Why not handle each case separately?

MDLs save everyone involved both time and money. MDLs were created to make the court more efficient. By consolidating cases into one district court to address discovery and pretrial procedures, time and money are saved. Rather than have multiple judges address the same issues, one judge handles all of the issues for all of the cases. Rather than having many plaintiffs paying the legal costs of discovery and pretrial proceedings across multiple districts, these activities occur once, in a single district court.

 

What is Discovery?

Discovery is a pre-trial process in which each party can obtain evidence from the other party. This can happen through various means, including deposition of witnesses, review of documents, written exchanges of questions and answers, etc.

 

What types of lawsuits can be consolidated into a Multidistrict Litigation? 

Any group of non-criminal cases that share at least one similar question of fact can be eligible for multidistrict litigation. MDLs can consolidate either individual cases or class action lawsuits, or both.

Common types of MDL cases include:

  • Dangerous pharmaceutical drugs;
  • Dangerous medical devices;
  • Product liability claims;
  • Employment practices;
  • Intellectual property infringement; and
  • Securities fraud.

3 Comments Posted

  1. […] trials are often used in multidistrict litigations (MDL). An MDL is a federal legal procedure that helps fast-track civil lawsuits that have common […]

    Posted by What Exactly is a Bellwether Trial? A Plaintiff Perspective on Wed Aug 30 2017 6:52pm

  2. […] are currently two separate multidistrict litigations (MDL) open against manufacturers of hernia mesh surgical […]

    Posted by Lawsuits Filed Against Manufacturers of C-Qur and Physiomesh on Thu Aug 31 2017 5:20pm

  3. My name is myranda Davis and I have as the marui idu out in in September 2013 and I had to have it taken out bc it gave me irregular bleeding and a cyst on my ovris and a misscarriage

    Posted by Myranda Davis on Wed Jan 24 2018 3:35pm

    • Myranda, I am sorry to hear that. I’ve referred your inquiry to our legal team. If you have any questions in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to call our office at (618) 656-4400 or email us at info@thlawyer.com.

      Posted by Lindsey Andrews on Thu Jan 25 2018 10:36am

  4. I had the marina IUD put in 2007, immediately started having problems, the doctor who put it in refused to take it back out, finally at urgent care due to issues relating to the IUD the doctor there took it out. I believe I would qualify with the lawsuit

    Posted by Wendy Scott on Thu Nov 15 2018 11:58pm

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


« Read more related news

Filter News

No-Obligation Free Consultation

Contact us by phone at (618) 656-4400 or email us below.

Sidebar Contact