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Early Assessment of Claims Can Help Reduce the MDL Tax

Authors: Christopher P. Gramling, Matthew J. Hamilton, Mary Margaret Spence and Jason A. Kurtyka

March 2020
Early Assessment of Claims Can Help Reduce the MDL Tax

This article was published in the March 2020 issue of the Washington Legal Foundation Critical Legal Issues Working Paper Series. It is reprinted here with permission.

Summary: Defense counsel must educate courts on the asymmetrical burdens multidistrict litigation (MDL) imposes on MDL defendants, urge MDL judges to use existing techniques to vet plaintiffs’ claims, and advocate for civil rules revisions that can help the aggregation device meet its original goal of a just and efficient determination of litigation.

Note: WLF submitted this Working Paper along with a letter to the Administrative Office of the United States Courts‘ Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure, which is evaluating proposals for new civil procedure rules for multidistrict litigation.

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