Multidistrict Litigation Lawyers in Madison
Multidistrict litigation (or MDL) refers to a special federal legal procedure designed to speed the process of handling complex cases, such as complex product liability suits. MDL cases generally occur when civil actions involving one or more common questions of fact are pending in different districts.
In order to efficiently process cases that could involve hundreds (or thousands) of plaintiffs in dozens of different federal courts that all share common issues, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation decides whether cases should be consolidated under MDL, if so, where the cases should be transferred.
Cases subject to MDL are sent from one court, known as the transferor, to another, known as the transferee, for all pretrial proceedings and discovery. If a case is not settled or dismissed in the transferee court, it is remanded (that is, sent back) to the transferor court for trial.
At GCL, our experienced attorneys have handled numerous different types of cases in MDL, including: