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Multidistrict Litigation: Know How It Works

  Multidistrict litigation includes lawsuits involving dangerous narcotics, medical devices, aircraft crashes, and intricate issues affecting a large group of people.  Federal judges transfer these cases and consolidate them into multidistrict litigation (MDL). How Multidistrict Litigation Works In 1968 Congress created the Multidistrict Litigation system in order to manage multiple federal civil cases that share a common issue, and are transferred to a single district court. The goals of MDL are to save money and time by joining similar cases into one action. The United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation decides when multiple lawsuits should be consolidated into an MDL. The panel consists of seven members...

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