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There are currently more than 280 multi-district litigations. Below is a list of each case, which may be sorted by clicking on a heading. Click on the Case name to view more information about that MDL.

"Factor VIII or IX Concentrate Blood Products" Products Liability Litigation 12/7/1993 377 0
5-Hour Energy Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation 6/5/2013 16 16
Accutane (Isotretinoin) Products Liability Litigation 11/1/2004 121 5
Accutane (Isotretinoin) Products Liability Litigation 11/1/2004 118 2
Actos (Pioglitazone) Products Liability Litigation 12/29/2011 3,079 2,993
Actos (Pioglitazone) Products Liability Litigation 12/29/2011 3,079 2,993
Adelphia Communications Corp. Securities & Derivative Litigation (No. II 7/23/2003 75 3
Aetna, Inc., Out-of-Network "UCR" Rates Litigation 4/8/2009 13 8
Aftermarket Automotive Lighting Products Antitrust Litigation 2/10/2009 9 6
AIG Workers Compensation Insurance Policyholder Litigation 4/7/2014 4 4
Air Cargo Shipping Services Antitrust Litigation 6/20/2006 105 102
Air Crash at Georgetown, Guyana, on July 30, 2011 9/28/2012 16 15
Air Crash at San Fransisco, California, on July 6, 2013 12/13/2013 24 24
Air Crash Near Clarence Center, New York, on February 12, 2009 10/6/2009 60 8
Air Crash Near Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, on December 3, 2008 5/25/2011 7 6
Aluminum Warehouse Antitrust Litigation 12/16/2013 29 29
Amazon.Com,Inc., Fulfillment Center Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Wage and Hour Litigation 2/19/2014 11 11
American Express Anti-Steering Rules Antitrust Litigation (No. II) 2/7/2011 13 13
American Medical Systems, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation 2/7/2012 16,707 16,515
Ameriquest Mortgage Co. Mortgage Lending Practices Litigation 12/13/2005 523 43
AndroGel Antitrust Litigation (No. II) 10/5/2009 17 0
Anheuser-Busch Beer Labeling Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation 6/10/2013 8 8
A-Power Energy Generation Systems, Ltd., Securities Litigation 12/15/2011 5 3
Apple iPhone 3G Products Liability Litigation 7/1/2009 13 12
Aredia and Zometa Products Liability Litigation 4/18/2006 667 121
Armodafinil Patent Litigation 12/8/2010 8 5
Asbestos Products Liability Litigation (No. VI) 7/29/1991 192,041 2,851
Atlas Roofing Corporation Chalet Shingle Products Liability Litigation 12/19/2013 9 9
Austin Capital Management, Ltd., Securities and Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) Litigation 8/11/2009 6 2
Automated Transactions LLC Patent Litigation 4/1/2013 27 23
Automotive Parts Antitrust Litigation 2/7/2012 127 107
AutoZone, Inc., Wage and Hour Employment Practices Litigation 6/15/2010 7 5
Avandia Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation 10/16/2007 4,940 2,717
AW Enterprise Rent-A-Car Wage & Hour Employment Practices Litigation 6/10/2009 15 15
AZEK Building Products, Inc., Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation 2/18/2014 3 3
Bank of America Corp. Securities, Derivative and Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) Litigation 6/10/2009 52 16
Bank of America Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) Contract Litigation 10/8/2010 32 31
Bank of America Wage and Hour Employment Practices Litigation 4/14/2010 30 24
Bank of New York Mellon Corp. Foreign Exchange Transactions Litigation 4/16/2012 11 8
Baycol Products Liability Litigation 12/18/2001 9,107 1
Bayer Corp. Combination Aspirin Products Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation 4/14/2009 13 0
Bear Creek Technologies, Inc., ('722) Patent Litigation 5/2/2012 15 15
Bill of Lading Transmission and Processing System Patent Litigation 6/11/2009 14 0
Biomet M2a Magnum Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation 10/2/2012 1,637 1,610
Blood Reagents Antitrust Litigation 8/17/2009 34 32
Blue Cross Blue Shield Antitrust Litigation 12/12/2012 49 26
Body Science LLC Patent Litigation 8/6/2012 6 6
Boston Scientific Corp. Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation 2/7/2012 9,878 9,776
BP p.l.c. Securities Litigation 8/10/2010 38 21
BRCA1 - and BRCA2- based Hereditary Cancer Test Patent Litigation 2/19/2014 8 8
Brican America LLC Equipment Lease Litigation 8/12/2010 6 4
Building Materials Corporation of America Asphalt Roofing Shingle Products Liability Litigation 10/11/2011 13 12
C.R. Bard, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation 10/12/2010 7,250 7,096
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Water Contamination Litigation 2/4/2011 14 13
Capital One Bank Credit Card Interest Rate Litigation 6/11/2010 4 3
Capital One Telephone Consumer Protection Act Litigation 12/10/2012 59 37
Cardtronics ATM Fee Notice Litigation 5/26/2011 12 3
Carrier IQ, Inc., Consumer Privacy Litigation 4/16/2012 69 67
Cast Iron Soil Pipe and Fittings Antitrust Litigation 2/18/2014 18 18
Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) Antitrust Litigation 2/15/2008 64 62
Celexa and Lexapro Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation 8/19/2009 12 7
Century 21 Department Stores, LLC, Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA) Litigation 6/11/2012 5 5
CertainTeed Fiber Cement Siding Litigation 8/8/2011 20 20
Chantix (Varenicline) Products Liability Litigation 10/1/2009 3,016 250
Checking Account Overdraft Litigation 6/10/2009 100 17
Chinese-Manufactured Drywall Products Liability Litigation 6/15/2009 360 291
Chiquita Brands International, Inc., Alien Tort Statute and Shareholders Derivative Litigation 2/20/2008 18 13
Chocolate Confectionary Antitrust Litigation 4/7/2008 93 91
Citigroup Inc. Securities Litigation 8/7/2009 24 11
CitiMortgage, Inc., Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) Contract Litigation 10/6/2011 11 11
ClassicStar Mare Lease Litigation 10/19/2007 30 13
Colgate-Palmolive Softsoap Antibacterial Hand Soap Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation 3/7/2012 10 7
Collecto Inc., Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) Litigation 2/18/2014 3 3
Coloplast Corp. Pelvic Support Systems Products Liability Litigation 8/6/2012 1,311 1,267
Columbia and Snake River Dams and Clean Water Act Litigation 12/13/2013 3 3
Comcast Corp. Set-Top Cable Television Box Antitrust Litigation 6/17/2009 24 24
Commodity Exchange, Inc., Silver Futures and Options Trading Litigation 2/8/2011 43 0
Community Bank of Northern Virginia Mortgage Lending Practices Litigation 4/28/2005 8 4
ConAgra Peanut Butter Products Liability Litigation 7/17/2007 388 2
Conseco Life Insurance Co. Lifetrend Insurance Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation 2/3/2010 6 3
Convergent Telephone Consumer Protection Act Litigation 10/8/2013 12 10
Cook Medical, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation 6/11/2013 198 173
Countrywide Financial Corp. Mortgage Lending Practices Litigation 8/7/2008 4 4
Countrywide Financial Corp. Mortgage-Backed Securities Litigation 8/15/2011 42 25
Cox Enterprises, Inc., Set-Top Cable Television Box Antitrust Litigation 6/11/2009 27 6
Credit Default Swaps Antitrust Litigation 10/16/2013 9 9
Currency Conversion Fee Antitrust Litigation 8/17/2001 35 2
Dairy Farmers of America, Inc., Cheese Antitrust Litigation 6/15/2009 10 10
Darvocet, Darvon and Propoxyphene Products Liability Litigation 8/16/2011 252 18
Delta/AirTran Baggage Fee Antitrust Litigation 10/6/2009 14 1
Denture Cream Products Liability Litigation 6/9/2009 216 78
DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation 12/3/2010 8,968 8,650
DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation 5/23/2011 5,735 5,704
Dial Complete Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation 8/18/2011 17 11
Diet Drugs (Phentermine/Fenfluramine/Dexfenfluramine) Products Liability Litigation 12/10/1997 20,202 80
DIRECTV, Inc., Early Cancellation Fee Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation 10/9/2009 15 11
Domestic Drywall Antitrust Litigation 4/8/2013 27 7
Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) Antitrust Litigation 10/16/2002 52 25
E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company C-8 Personal Injury Litigation 4/8/2013 109 109
Effexor (Venlafaxine Hydrochloride) Products Liability Litigation 8/6/2013 55 54
Electronic Books Antitrust Litigation 12/9/2011 30 28
Emerson Electric Co. Wet/Dry Vac Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation 8/15/2012 8 8
Endangered Species Act Section 4 Deadline Litigation 6/8/2010 20 3
Enhanced Recovery Company, LLC, Telephone Consumer Protection Act Litigation 10/18/2012 7 3
Enron Corp. Securities, Derivative & "ERISA" Litigation 4/16/2002 199 5
Enterprise Rent-A-Car Wage & Hour Employment Practices Litigation 6/10/2009 15 15
Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation 2/7/2012 15,050 14,679
Express Scripts, Inc., Pharmacy Benefits Management Litigation 4/29/2005 22 6
Facebook Internet Tracking Litigation 2/8/2012 29 27
Facebook, Inc., IPO Securities and Derivative Litigation 10/4/2012 56 48
Fairfield Greenwich Group Securities Litigation 10/6/2009 63 1
Family Dollar Stores, Inc., Wage and Hour Employment Practices Litigation 4/8/2008 28 13
Fannie Mae Securities and Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) Litigation 2/11/2009 24 7
Fannie Mae Securities and Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) Litigation 2/11/2009 24 7
Fasteners Antitrust Litigation 2/27/2008 35 35
Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. (Freddie Mac) Securities Litigation 8/11/2009 5 2
Federal National Mortgage Association Securities, Derivative & "ERISA" Litigation 5/17/2005 18 1
FEMA Trailer Formaldehyde Products Liability Litigation 10/24/2007 4,828 0
First National Collection Bureau, Inc, Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) Litigation 4/8/2014 3 3
Flat Glass Antitrust Litigation (No. II) 6/10/2008 27 1
Fontainebleau Las Vegas Contract Litigation 12/2/2009 3 1
Foot Locker, Inc., Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Wage and Hour Litigation 5/26/2011 5 5
Ford Fusion and C-Max Fuel Economy Litigation 6/7/2013 17 17
Ford Motor Co. Spark Plug and 3-Valve Engine Products Liability Litigation 2/8/2012 5 5
Fosamax (Alendronate Sodium) Products Liability Litigation (No. II) 5/23/2011 1,148 868
Fosamax Products Liability Litigation 8/16/2006 1,137 901
Franck's Lab, Inc., Products Liability Litigation 8/7/2013 24 24
Fresenius GranuFlo/NaturaLyte Dialysate Products Liability Litigation 3/29/2013 1,571 1,570
Fresh and Process Potatoes Antitrust Litigation 10/13/2010 7 2
Frito-Lay North America, Inc., "All Natural" Litigation 12/12/2012 13 13
Gadolinium Contrast Dyes Products Liability Litigation 2/27/2008 729 24
Genetically Modified Rice Litigation 12/19/2006 412 13
Gerova Financial Group, Ltd., Securities Litigation 10/6/2011 5 3
Glaceau Vitaminwater Marketing and Sales Practice Litigation (No. II) 2/8/2011 6 2
GNC Corp. Triflex Products Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation (No. II) 12/17/2013 7 7
Google Inc. Android Consumer Privacy Litigation 8/8/2011 11 10
Google Inc. Cookie Placement Consumer Privacy Litigation 6/12/2012 26 26
Google Inc. Gmail Litigation 4/1/2013 6 6
Google Inc. Street View Electronic Communications Litigation 8/17/2010 21 21
H&R Block IRS Form 8863 Litigation 10/10/2013 14 14
H&R Block Refund Anticipation Loan Litigation 4/16/2012 9 9
HardiePlank Fiber Cement Siding Litigation 6/11/2012 12 12
Health Management Associates, Inc., Qui Tam Litigation (No.II) 4/3/2014 9 9
Heparin Products Liability Litigation 6/6/2008 573 16
Higher One OneAccount Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation 12/11/2012 6 6
Horizon Organic Milk Plus DHA Omega-3 Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation 2/9/2012 7 7
HSBC Bank USA, N.A., Debit Card Overdraft Fee Litigation 6/5/2013 3 3
Human Tissue Products Liability Litigation 6/21/2006 252 1
Hydroxycut Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation 10/6/2009 129 119
Hypodermic Products Antitrust Litigation 12/19/2005 10 1
Hyundai and Kia Fuel Economy Litigation 2/5/2013 53 52
IKO Roofing Shingle Products Liability Litigation 12/3/2009 15 12
Imprelis Herbicide Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation 10/20/2011 151 93
Incretin-Based Therapies Products Liability Litigation 8/26/2013 354 354
Innovatio IP Ventures, LLC, Patent Litigation 12/28/2011 15 12
Insurance Brokerage Antitrust Litigation 2/17/2005 51 13
Intel Corp. Microprocessor Antitrust Litigation 11/8/2005 82 56
iPhone/iPad Application Consumer Privacy Litigation 8/8/2011 19 19
JPMorgan Auction Rate Securities (ARS) Marketing Litigation 6/9/2010 5 3
JPMorgan Chase Mortgage Modification Litigation 10/11/2011 18 16
KABA Simplex Locks Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation 2/7/2011 20 19
Katz Interactive Call Processing Patent Litigation 3/20/2007 54 10
KBR, Inc., Burn Pit Litigation 10/16/2009 58 1
K-Dur Antitrust Litigation 8/15/2001 45 4
Korean Air Lines Co., Ltd., Antitrust Litigation 12/19/2007 74 1
Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch Products Liability Litigation 6/22/2007 2,229 848
Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc., Securities & Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) Litigation 2/9/2009 55 45
Le-Nature's, Inc., Commercial Litigation 4/9/2009 9 1
Levaquin Products Liability Litigation 6/13/2008 2,045 381
Liberty Refund Anticipation Loan Litigation 4/16/2012 10 10
Libor-Based Financial Instruments Antitrust Litigation 8/12/2011 67 48
Lidoderm Antitrust Litigation 4/3/2014 19 19
Lipitor (Atorvastatin Calcium) Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation (No. II) 2/18/2014 464 464
Lipitor Antitrust Litigation 4/20/2012 31 30
Literary Works in Electronic Databases Copyright Litigation 12/6/2000 5 2
Lithium Ion Batteries Antitrust Litigation 2/6/2013 78 78
Loestrin 24 Fe Antitrust Litigation 10/2/2013 12 12
L'Oreal Wrinkle Cream Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation 12/12/2012 9 9
MA 4/1/2013 9 9
Managed Care Litigation 4/13/2000 127 0
Maxim Integrated Products, Inc., Patent Litigation 6/8/2012 27 27
Medical Capital Securities Litigation 4/15/2010 13 3
Mentor Corp. ObTape Transobeturator Sling Products Liability Litigation 12/3/2008 653 551
Mentor Corp. ObTape Transobturator Sling Products Liability Litigation 12/3/2008 588 505
Merck & Co., Inc., Securities, Derivative & "ERISA" Litigation 2/23/2005 43 9
Meridian Funds Group Securities & Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISALitigation 8/11/2009 5 5
Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc., Auction Rate Securities (ARS) Marketing Litigation 6/10/2009 11 1
Method of Processing Ethanol Byproducts and Related Subsystems ('858) Patent Litigation 8/6/2009 22 22
Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether ("MTBE") Products Liability Litigation 10/10/2000 188 19
MF Global Holdings Ltd. Investment Litigation 4/23/2012 25 1
MI Windows and Doors, Inc., Products Liability Litigation 4/23/2012 18 17
Midland Credit Management, Inc., Telephone Consumer Protection Act Litigation 10/11/2011 47 46
Mirapex Products Liability Litigation 6/22/2007 438 4
Mirena IUD Products Liability Litigation 4/8/2013 484 484
Monitronics International, Inc, Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) Litigation 12/16/2013 10 10
Monsanto Company Genetically-Engineered Wheat Litigation 10/16/2013 16 14
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC Wage and Hour Employment Practices Litigation 10/12/2011 6 6
Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems (MERS) Litigation 12/7/2009 93 1
Motor Fuel Temperature Sales Practices Litigation 6/18/2007 51 31
Municipal Derivatives Antitrust Litigation 6/16/2008 36 1
Municipal Mortgage & Equity, LLC, Securities and Derivative Litigation 8/13/2008 14 12
Musical Instruments and Equipment Antitrust Litigation 12/9/2009 38 34
Mutual Funds Investment Litigation 2/20/2004 438 1
MyKey Technology Inc. Patent Litigation 8/14/2013 6 6
National Collegiate Athletic Association Student-Athlete Concussion Injury Litigation 12/18/2013 10 10
National Football League Players' Concussion Injury Litigation 1/31/2012 314 312
Nebivolol ('040) Patent Litigation 6/12/2012 2 2
Neomedic Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation 2/18/2014 25 25
Neurografix ('360) Patent Litigation 4/1/2013 9 9
Neurontin Antitrust Litigation 8/15/2002 22 4
Neurontin Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation 10/26/2004 253 2
New Cingular Wireless PCS, LLC Data Services Sales Tax Refund Litigation 12/19/2013 17 17
New England Compounding Pharmacy, Inc., Products Liability Litigation 2/12/2013 340 337
Nexium (Esomeprazole) Antitrust Litigation 12/6/2012 19 19
Nexium (Esomeprazole) Products Liability Litigation 12/6/2012 48 47
Niaspan Antitrust Litigation 9/17/2013 17 17
Nickelodeon Consumer Privacy Litigation 6/11/2013 6 6
North Sea Brent Crude Oil Futures Litigation 10/21/2013 11 11
Nutramax Cosamin Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation 12/17/2013 5 5
NuvaRing Products Liability Litigation 8/22/2008 1,848 1,762
Ocwen Federal Bank FSB Mortgage Servicing Litigation 4/13/2004 93 0
Oil Spill by the Oil Rig "Deepwater Horizon" in the Gulf of Mexico, on April 20, 2010 8/10/2010 3,079 2,993
Oil Spill by the Oil Rig "Deepwater Horizon" in the Gulf of Mexico, on April 20, 2010 8/10/2010 2,999 2,871
On-Line Travel Company (OTC)/Hotel Booking Antitrust Litigation 12/11/2012 33 30
Oppenheimer Rochester Funds Group Securities Litigation 6/17/2009 30 30
Optical Disk Drive Products Antitrust Litigation 4/2/2010 42 42
Oreck Corporation Halo Vacuum and Air Purifiers Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation 2/3/2012 6 6
Ortho Evra Products Liability Litigation 3/1/2006 1,572 10
OxyContin Antitrust Litigation 4/22/2004 102 18
Packaged Ice Antitrust Litigation 6/5/2008 100 96
Papst Licensing Digital Camera Patent Litigation 11/5/2007 15 0
Parallel Networks, LLC, ('111) Patent Litigation 6/12/2012 9 9
Payment Card Interchange Fee and Merchant Discount Antitrust Litigation 10/19/2005 71 70
Pella Corporation Architect and Designer Series Windows Marketing, Sales, Practices and Products Liability Litigation 2/14/2014 10 10
Peregrine Systems, Inc, Securities Litigation 1/2/2008 35 0
Pfizer Inc. Securities, Derivative & "ERISA" Litigation 6/16/2005 31 15
Pharmacy Benefit Managers Antitrust Litigation 8/24/2006 6 5
Photochromic Lens Antitrust Litigation 8/6/2010 29 17
Pilot Flying J Fuel Rebate Contract Litigation (No. II) 4/7/2014 7 7
Plasma-Derivative Protein Therapies Antitrust Litigation 12/2/2009 19 12
Plavix Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation (No. II) 2/12/2013 77 75
Polar Bear Endangered Species Act Listing and § 4(d) Rule Litigation 12/3/2008 12 2
Polyurethane Foam Antitrust Litigation 12/1/2010 98 63
POM Wonderful LLC Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation 11/30/2010 23 16
Pool Products Distribution Market Antitrust Litigation 4/17/2012 35 22
Porsche Cars North America, Inc., Plastic Coolant Tubes Products Liability Litigation 5/23/2011 8 8
Portfolio Recovery Associates, LLC, Telephone Consumer Protection Act Litigation 12/21/2011 40 39
Pradaxa (Dabigatran Etexilate) Products Liability Litigation 8/8/2012 2,337 2,263
Prempro Products Liability Litigation 3/4/2003 9,761 156
Processed Egg Products Antitrust Litigation 12/2/2008 30 22
Processed Egg Products Antitrust Litigation 12/2/2008 31 22
Prograf Antitrust Litigation 6/3/2011 8 8
Propecia (Finasteride) Products Liability Litigation 4/16/2012 743 740
Propulsid Products Liability Litigation 8/7/2000 474 0
Prudential Insurance Company of America SGLI/VGLI Contract Litigation 2/4/2011 4 4
Rail Freight Fuel Surcharge Antitrust Litigation 11/6/2007 18 7
Reciprocal of America (ROA) Sales Practices Litigation 8/26/2003 19 13
Refco Inc. Securities Litigation 12/28/2007 122 5
Refrigerant Compressors Antitrust Litigation 6/9/2009 51 38
Regions Morgan Keegan Securities, Derivative and Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) Litigation 2/12/2009 66 33
Regions Morgan Keegan Securities, Derivative and Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) Litigation 2/12/2009 66 33
Regions Morgan Keegan Securities, Derivative and Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) Litigation 2/12/2009 60 27
Satyam Computer Services, Ltd., Securities Litigation 4/9/2009 12 12
Schnuck Markets, Inc, Customer Data Security Breach Litigation 10/18/2013 5 5
Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) Backup Tape Data Theft Litigation 6/20/2012 8 8
Shop-Vac Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation 8/15/2012 10 9
Simply Orange Orange Juice Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation 6/11/2012 14 11
Skechers Toning Shoe Products Liability Litigation 12/19/2011 798 761
Skelaxin (Metaxalone) Antitrust Litigation 4/17/2012 17 16
Solodyn (Minocycline Hydrochloride) Antitrust Litigation 2/25/2014 15 15
Sony Gaming Networks and Customer Data Security Breach Litigation 8/8/2011 65 65
South African Apartheid Litigation 12/16/2002 14 5
Southwest Exchange, Inc., Internal Revenue Service § 1031 Tax Deferred Exchange Litigation 10/18/2007 5 1
Sprint Premium Data Plan Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation 4/13/2011 9 4
Standard & Poor's Rating Agency Litigation 6/6/2013 19 19
Stanford Entities Securities Litigation 10/6/2009 123 96
Stericycle, Inc., Steri-Safe Contract Litigation 8/6/2013 8 8
Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation 6/12/2013 714 699
Suboxone (Buprenorphine Hydrochloride and Naloxone) Antitrust Litigation 6/6/2013 12 12
Subway Footlong Sandwich Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation 6/10/2013 9 9
Sulfuric Acid Antitrust Litigation 6/30/2003 7 0
Swisher Hygiene, Inc., Securities and Derivative Litigation 8/13/2012 7 7
Target Corporation Customer Data Security Breach Litigation 4/2/2014 100 100
Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001 12/9/2003 28 23
Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001 12/9/2003 28 23
Text Messaging Antitrust Litigation 12/3/2008 38 3
Text Messaging Antitrust Litigation 12/3/2008 38 3
TFT-LCD (Flat Panel) Antitrust Litigation 4/17/2007 175 155
The Bear Stearns Companies Inc. Securities, Derivative and Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) 8/18/2008 29 6
The Bear Stearns Companies Inc. Securities, Derivative and Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) Litigation 8/18/2008 29 6
The Reserve Fund Securities and Derivative Litigation 2/10/2009 40 20
The Reserve Fund Securities and Derivative Litigation 2/10/2009 40 20
Time Warner Inc. Set-Top Cable Television Box Antitrust Litigation 12/12/2008 7 1
Toyota Motor Corp. Unintended Acceleration Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation 4/9/2010 422 154
Toys "R" Us - Delaware, Inc., Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTALitigation 10/9/2008 2 2
TR Labs Patent Litigation 10/1/2012 9 7
Trade Partners, Inc., Investors Litigation 6/26/2007 7 6
Transdata, Inc., Smart Meters Patent Litigation 12/13/2011 9 9
Transpacific Passenger Air Transportation Antitrust Litigation 2/19/2008 26 26
Trasylol Products Liability Litigation 4/7/2008 1,831 9
Tremont Group Holdings, Inc., Securities Litigation 6/11/2009 31 10
Tribune Company Fraudulent Conveyance Litigation 12/19/2011 73 72
Tropicana Orange Juice Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation 6/11/2012 15 13
TRS Recovery Services, Inc., and TeleCheck Services, Inc., Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) Litigation 2/7/2013 5 5
Tylenol (Acetaminophen) Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation 4/1/2013 134 128
U.S. Foodservice, Inc., Pricing Litigation 12/18/2007 3 1
Unified Messaging Solutions LLC Patent Litigation 8/3/2012 72 60
Urethane Antitrust Litigation 8/23/2004 33 3
Vehicle Carrier Services Antitrust Litigation 10/18/2013 28 28
Vertrue Inc. Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation 6/8/2009 13 13
Vertrue Inc. Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation 6/8/2009 13 13
Vioxx Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation 2/16/2005 10,319 496
Vitamin C Antitrust Litigation 2/14/2006 10 4
Wal-Mart ATM Fee Notice Litigation 5/20/2011 11 5
Watson Fentanyl Patch Products Liability Litigation 8/7/2012 30 25
Webvention LLC ('294) Patent Litigation 12/15/2011 22 12
WellPoint, Inc., Out-of-Network "UCR" Rates Litigation 8/19/2009 13 1
Wells Fargo Wage and Hour Employment Practices Litigation (No. III) 8/19/2011 6 4
Wesson Oil Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation 10/13/2011 7 7
Whirlpool Corp. Front-Loading Washer Products Liability Litigation 12/2/2008 11 11
Whirlpool Corp. Front-Loading Washer Products Liability Litigation 12/2/2008 11 11
Wholesale Grocery Products Antitrust Litigation 10/16/2009 4 0
Wright Medical Technology, Inc., Conserve Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation 2/8/2012 80 78
Yasmin and Yaz (Drospirenone) Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation 10/1/2009 11,580 9,426
Zappos.com, Inc., Customer Data Security Breach Litigation 6/13/2012 11 11
Zimmer Durom Hip Cup Products Liability Litigation 6/9/2010 307 183
Zimmer NexGen Knee Implant Products Liability Litigation 8/8/2011 1,385 1,297
Zoloft (Sertraline Hydrochloride) Products Liability Litigation 4/17/2012 588 513

What is Multidistrict Litigation?

Complex cases that involve numerous injured plaintiffs across the United States are often consolidated into an MDL (multidistrict litigation). This type of lawsuit allows for numerous injured victims to share certain aspects of litigation, while still maintaining their individual lawsuits against a company or corporation for varying degrees of damages. Disaster cases or cases against large drug companies are prime examples of multidistrict litigation at its best.

When is a Multidistrict Lawsuit Needed?

When hundreds and thousands of Americans are injured or harmed by a defective product, a disaster, or a dangerous drug, the result could be years of costly litigation, monopolizing court systems across numerous states. In order to better manage these individual civil cases, and streamline the litigation process, multidistrict litigation is used.

In multidistrict litigation, multiple civil cases in numerous states are transferred to a single district court. The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation decides which cases can be consolidated under the specific MDL and those cases can then share all discovery and pretrial proceedings. In order for your case to qualify to be part of the multidistrict litigation, it must have similar facts in common with the other cases.

Advantages of a Multidistrict Lawsuit

There are numerous advantages to multidistrict lawsuits. Once a case is consolidated under an MDL, the plaintiffs share all pretrial proceedings and discovery, as well as expert testimony, which cut litigation expenses drastically. Multidistrict litigation saves both parties considerable time and money, and offers a streamlined and organized way to settle complex lawsuits.

Yet unlike a class action lawsuit, each lawsuit is allowed to be settled individually or proceed to trial with the jury ultimately deciding on an appropriate settlement amount per victim. This ensures that victims who have suffered extraordinarily will receive damages that are tailored to their case—and their injuries.

In class action lawsuits, one settlement is split between all plaintiffs in the lawsuit equally. This means that each injured victim only receives a small fraction of the large settlement – which is usually far below what they truly need and deserve.

Examples of recent multidistrict lawsuits include:

  • GranuFlo
  • DePuy hip impants
  • Transvaginal mesh impants
  • Mirena devices
  • Lipitor
  • BP oil spill
  • NexGen knee
  • Actos
  • Byetta
  • Yaz and Yasmin
  • And more

Multidistrict Litigation Leadership Roles

Attorneys across the country often take an active leadership role in multi-district litigation and may be chosen to be a part of the plaintiffs' steering committee and executive committee. After forming a MDL, it becomes necessary to reduce the number of attorneys involved in the cases. When this occurs, a small number of attorneys are retained to oversee the entire litigation process. This is known as the Plaintiff's Steering Committee (PSC).

A separate committee, known as the Plaintiff's Executive Committee, is then formed from separate attorneys to help coordinate the activities of the PSCs. This keeps the litigation on track and ensures that the MDL process runs smoothly.

Banding Together to Hold Negligent Manufacturers Responsible

Drug companies and medical device manufacturers routinely put profits before people. They push off-label uses of their drug, rush improperly tested drugs to market, and then deny side effects and complications when they occur. Even worse, they do this time—and time again.

When this occurs, injured consumers can—and should—hold them accountable and make them take responsibility for their transgressions. Multi-district litigation not only allows injured victims and their families to hold these corrupt manufacturers responsible, but also ensures that these dangerous products are recalled, so that future injuries and deaths may be avoided.