Some legal issues involve complex subject matters that require attorneys with years of experience and a wealth of knowledge and skills to litigate and secure their clients fair and just compensation. One such example of complex litigation is multidistrict litigation (MDL).
These cases involve several plaintiffs who have filed individual lawsuits that contain similar allegations looking to secure compensation for the damages they endured. These cases are typically filed across several federal district courts. However, to ease the legal process and save time, money, and resources, these cases may be consolidated and transferred to a single federal court with one judge.
Multidistrict litigation often centers around dangerous drug lawsuits, defective medical devices, and much more. In some cases, hundreds and even thousands of plaintiffs suffer due to the actions of one company. These plaintiffs all experienced similar damages. As you can imagine, these cases involve many moving parts, from multiple parties and large sums of money to a long and arduous legal process.
Fortunately, the attorneys at Gainsburgh, Benjamin, David, Meunier & Warshauer, L.L.C. have decades of experience litigating countless complex cases across a host of legal areas. Our team possesses the skills and resources needed to prepare a lawsuit thoroughly and navigate the legal process to secure the compensation you deserve.
When are MDLs Needed?
As mentioned before, multidistrict litigation typically involves multiple individual lawsuits filed across several federal district courts. These cases include individuals who suffered the same injuries or outcomes and are looking for compensation from a shared defendant. As you can imagine, separately litigating each lawsuit would require a lot of time and many resources.
These cases are consolidated into multidistrict litigation to save time, money, and resources. A single judge will then be chosen to oversee the proceedings, based on where the discovery materials are, the convenience of the witnesses, and the locations of most of the actions. They will then proceed over the MDL in a single courtroom. The judge will appoint a council of attorneys to coordinate pretrial and discovery proceedings with this federal court. Unlike class-action lawsuits, you will retain your individual attorney when these lawsuits are consolidated.
These pretrial and discovery proceedings include:
- The gathering of evidence
- Depositions and interrogatories
- Expert witness testimonies
- Evidentiary challenges
- Motions to dismiss cases
- Settlement offers
After these proceedings, any remaining cases will then transfer back to their original district for trial.
Types of MDLS
- Dangerous drug cases
- Defective medical devices
- Product liability cases
- Airplane crash
- Anti-trust cases
- Employee rights’ cases
Multidistrict litigation is a complicated and arduous process involving complex rules and procedures. Each step of the legal process must be handled with extreme care and diligence. Not every attorney possesses the understanding of MDLs or the skills to navigate these cases successfully.
With several decades’ worth of experience, the attorneys at Gainsburgh, Benjamin, David, Meunier & Warshauer, L.L.C. have the resources and skills to navigate the legal process of MDLs. They will thoroughly prepare your case and provide legal advice to ensure you recover the compensation you deserve.