Multidistrict Litigation (MDL)
Skilled & Experienced Houston MDL Law Firm
Multidistrict litigation (MDL) is a complex branch of law that was specially designed to address the complexities of certain types of cases. If you are involved in an MDL case, you will need a knowledgeable professional on your side that understands the ins and outs of multidistrict litigation.
Examples of cases that may require an MDL to be formatted include:
- Dangerous or defective medications / medical devices
- Product liability cases
- Airplane crashes
- Intellectual property cases
- Employee rights’ cases
With the help of a Houston multidistrict litigation lawyer from Arnold & Itkin, you can rest assured that you will get just that. When it comes to being injured in any type of accident, from industrial injuries to offshore injuries, there is no room for hesitation—in or out of the courtroom.
What Is Multidistrict Litigation?
The United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation was created to help determine how complex cases such as railroad accidents and premises liability cases should be handled. This decision-making panel is needed since some civil action cases involve "questions of fact" that are left pending in more than one federal district. The MDL panel is tasked with figuring out which district of the federal system these actions should be transferred to. Both class actions and individual lawsuits can be consolidated through the formation of an MDL.
Arnold & Itkin recently represented a client in the Risperdal MDL, which was consolidated in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. Our case was among the first to be tried and is among the first verdicts to come out of the MDL. We secured a verdict of $76.6 million—20 times larger than the previous four verdicts added together.
In some cases, hundreds or even thousands of plaintiffs are affected by a single injurious cause. This makes the process much more difficult. Several different courts share similar issues, so more than one federal court will often handle the types of issues involved. In order to speed up the process, the cases can be condensed under MDL and sent to the appropriate court for pretrial proceedings. The transfer process is also referred to as "centralization," and its purpose is to eliminate inconsistencies and duplications during pretrial discoveries. MDL cases will be sent back to the original court if they are not settled or terminated in the court to which they were first transferred.
Choose a Strong Houston Multidistrict Litigation Lawyer for Your Case
You need to feel secure in your attorney's ability to represent your case. You need to know that you have someone on your side who is able to effectively and strategically fight for the rights and compensation owed to you. Not all attorneys can properly handle these types of cases. Your lawyer needs to be someone with the experience and credentials to get the job done. At Arnold & Itkin, our attorneys have successfully handled the most complex of cases with success. Our track record proves it: we have won billions of dollars on behalf of our clients.
We know how stressful the time after an accident and injury can be, especially if you are involved in a multidistrict litigation case. In order to ease your anxiety, we want you to know that our lawyers are prepared to make sure we are with you every step of the way. A Houston multidistrict litigation lawyer from our team can fight for your rights and ensure that everything in our power is done to effectively represent your case.
Call us at (888) 493-1629—we would be happy to provide you with a free consultation. Contact Arnold & Itkin today.