Multi-district litigation vs. class action lawsuits
Posted on Tuesday, July 21st, 2015 at 11:01 am by Williams Hart | Updated: Thursday, March 7th, 2019 at 5:08 pm
Earlier this month, lawyers of plaintiffs who sued J&J over its power morcellator filed a request to consolidate similar suits in Multidistrict Litigation (MDL). MDL is a legal procedure that combines comparable lawsuits filed by different parties. This is different from class action, which involves a single lawsuit collectively filed by representatives of a larger group of complainants.
Both MDL and class action suits are used by the U.S. courts to manage mass torts. These tools make pre-trial procedures, including the discovery of evidence, more consolidated, convenient, and expeditious. However, because a class action involves only one lawsuit, all class member claimants are bounded by the same settlement and would receive substantially identical compensations. On the other hand, because MDLs are considered separate cases, claimants can be awarded recovery amounts based on the damages they individually claimed.
If you have been harmed by a power morcellator, our team of product liability attorneys at Williams Hart may help you file a claim against the manufacturer involved. Call us at (713) 352-7071 today to learn more.