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April 28, 2017

A Handful of Plaintiffs’ Lawyers Dominate MDL Litigation

A recent story from Reuters writes that consolidated multidistrict litigation (MDL) “comprised 36 percent of the entire civil caseload of the federal court system in 2014, up from 16 percent in 2002.”

Additionally, nearly “half of all civil cases in the federal courts – 45.6 percent—were MDLs in 2014.”

The article cites findings from a recent report, Repeat Players in Multidistrict Litigation: The Social Network, which also found that there was “a relatively small cadre of high-level, well-connected repeat [MDL] players… who actively designed and implemented” settlements with a “surprising” degree of similarity on closure and fee provisions.”

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