Judicial Panel Rejects Opposition to Defense Request for Pretrial Coordination Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1407 and Grants Defense Motion for Centralization of Three Class Action Lawsuits
Numerous class action lawsuits were filed against several defendants alleging “that plaintiffs suffered injuries resulting from their use of Tile Perfect Stand ‘n Seal “Spray-On” Grout Sealer.” In re Stand ‘N Seal Products Liab. Litig., 469 F.Supp.2d 1351, 1351 (Jud. Pan.Mult.Lit. January 5, 2007). Pursuant to § 1407, defense attorneys moved the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) to centralize the lawsuits for pretrial purposes in the Northern District of Georgia. Id. Plaintiffs in some courts supported centralization but recommended different transferees courts; other plaintiffs opposed centralization at all. The Panel agreed with defense attorneys that centralization was warranted. The Panel also concluded that even though “no single forum stands out as a transferee district choice,” the Northern District of Georgia was the appropriate transferee court. Id.