Consolidation of Product Liability Cases for Trial in MDLs: An Increasing Problem for Defendants

July 18, 2017

The MDL process was intended to foster judicial efficiency by allowing cases to be consolidated for pretrial purposes and sent back to the transferor courts for trial. But the system is broken. Plaintiffs file and transfer thousands of cases into MDLs, many of them entirely without merit. MDL judges eager to resolve the litigation are increasingly turning to consolidated “bellwether” trials but in product liability cases, this results in jury confusion and prejudice to defendants. This Dykema webinar will explore the problem, discuss the trends and case law, and provide guidance for defendants faced with this situation or those who might confront it in the future.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST

Speakers: Terri S. Reiskin, Member, Washington, D.C.; Eric C. Tew, Senior Counsel, Washington, D.C.

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This is a complimentary webinar and CLE accreditation is anticipated for California, Illinois and Texas. Assistance with other jurisdictions is available.