Multi-district litigation (MDL), came into being in 1968 with the intent to make it more efficient for parties to litigate complex cases where there is a common question of fact that are pending in different districts. Since then, MDLs have surged to over 50 percent of all federal civil cases, of which product liability cases now comprise the vast majority of MDLs. Aside from being great for plaintiff’s counsel, however, it’s questionable whether they are good for anyone else.
Unfortunately, what was originally intended to streamline processes has turned into a magnet for meritless claims, where around a third of the MDL claims turn out to be unsupportable. Adding to the injury, these are often discovered at the settlement stage.
In this webinar, industry experts Sean Burke, Partner, and Ryan O'Neil, Associate of Duane Morris and Evan Gumz, Esq. of Hanzo will discuss the problem meritless claims pose to the multi-district litigation process and explore proactive solutions to help identify frivolous claims early in the process.