Mass Tort Multidistrict Litigation Proceedings: What You Must Know and Do
Multidistrict litigation (MDL) is a special case management procedure in which federal civil lawsuits are consolidated before a single court for harmonized pre-trial proceedings, thus improving efficiency. As mass tort MDL filings continue to grow rapidly, businesses of all sizes in many industries are now more exposed to potentially large-scale cases. Also, along with MDL’s widespread use is the emergence of various concerns, particularly the meritless claim problem.
Now, more than ever, counsel to companies should be in the know of the latest MDL trends and issues in order to devise effective case management strategies and overcome current and potential challenges.
Join a panel of key thought leaders and attorneys assembled by The Knowledge Group as they bring the audience to a road beyond the basics of defending against MDL and as they delve into an in-depth analysis of the current trends and recent court rulings. Speakers will also provide the audience with practical strategies in bringing out the best in these lawsuits in a rapidly evolving legal climate.
Some of the major topics that will be covered in this course are:
- Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) Proceedings – Overview and Statistics
- MDL and Bellwether Trials
- Emerging Trends and Developments
- Notable Court Rulings
- Practical Litigation Tips and Strategies
- What Lies Ahead
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- Historical Overview of MDL Statute and Proceedings
- Deep Dive on Bellwether Trials with Examples from Past MDLs
- Deep Dive on Dispositive Motions with Examples from Past MDLs
- Recent Developments
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- Why MDLs are the preferred mechanism for attorneys involved in mass torts.
- The process of creating an MDL through the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation and strategies employed by litigants.
- War stories regarding MDL creation in Contaminated Heparin Litigation and New England Compounding Pharmacy litigation and lessons learned.
- The new advent of a potential “negotiating class” to resolve MDL mass torts.
Steve Barber focuses on high-stakes commercial and mass tort litigation. He has substantial jury and bench trial experience, successfully trying cutting-edge contract, toxic tort, and mass tort cases throughout the country. Steve has successfully litigated several toxic tort MDLs, including obtaining dismissals of all claims against his client in the federal silica MDL, the federal welding fumes MDL, and the Texas asbestos MDL. He also serves as national trial and coordinating counsel for a Fortune 50 corporation litigating concealment, conspiracy, and other tort claims arising out of the company’s historic investigative efforts, research, and publications on various industrial chemicals.
Steve Barber focuses on high-stakes commercial and mass tort litigation. He has substantial jury and bench trial experience, successfully trying …
Daniel Tranen is the Partner in Charge of the Saint Louis, Missouri and Southern Illinois offices of Wilson Elser, a national full service firm with nearly 40 offices around the United States and abroad. He focuses his practice on the defense of life sciences companies in single cases and in mass torts as well as large scale insurance coverage disputes. He is licensed to practice law in the States of Missouri, Illinois, Georgia and Massachusetts. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Illinois College of Law.
Daniel Tranen is the Partner in Charge of the Saint Louis, Missouri and Southern Illinois offices of Wilson Elser, a …
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About Steptoe & Johnson LLP
In more than 100 years of practice, Steptoe has earned an international reputation for vigorous representation of clients before courts and governmental agencies, and for creative and practical advice in structuring business transactions. The firm is particularly noted for its capabilities in high-stakes complex litigation, white-collar defense and government investigations, patent and technology litigation, international corporate compliance, and challenging regulatory issues before the US government. Steptoe has more than 500 lawyers and other professional staff across offices in Beijing, Brussels, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington.
About Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP
More than 800 attorneys strong, Wilson Elser serves clients of all sizes, across multiple industries and around the world. Wilson Elser has 38 strategically located offices in the United States and one in London. It is also a founding member of Legalign Global, a close alliance of four of the world’s leading insurance law firms, created to assist companies doing business internationally. This depth and scale has made it one of the nation’s most influential law firms, ranked in the Am Law 200 and 56th in The National Law Journal’s NLJ 500.