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Defense of Class Actions Issues: Judicial Panel Rules for Multidistrict Litigation (MDL)

MDL (Multidistrict Litigation) Judicial Panel Rules of Procedure

When multiple actions, class action or otherwise, involving the same facts are pending in different federal district courts, 28 U.S.C. § 1407 sets forth the procedure for the transfer of the actions to a single federal court for coordination or consolidation. This is known as “multi-district litigation” (MDL), and is discussed in a separate article. The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation oversees MDL cases, and has published Rules of Procedure governing MDL cases. For the convenience of the reader, a link to those rules may be found here.

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