Most consumers have heard about lawsuits brought against pharmaceutical companies that produce dangerous drugs. Such dangerous drug suits seek to provide monetary compensation to individuals who have suffered the side effects of a dangerous drug or medical device, or who have lost a loved one due to complications caused by such drugs. The Tate Law Group is actively involved in dangerous drug suits and conducts multi-district litigation (MDL) on behalf of affected consumers nationwide.
What is multi-district litigation?
In many cases, consumers around the nation have experienced the ill effects of a dangerous drug. Such consumers may participate in legal action against pharmaceutical companies privately or as part of a single class action case. In order to streamline the judicial process and bring similar evidence under the purview of one judge, MDL procedures are enacted. This federal procedure allows for the consolidation of cases so that all pretrial processes are handled by one judge.
What are the advantages of multi-district litigation?
There are important differences between MDL and a class action lawsuit. One of the chief advantages of MDL is that plaintiffs do not split monetary awards won during a case evenly with all other plaintiffs. Instead of depending upon one trial to bring forth a dangerous drug claim, MDL works to streamline pretrial processes such as discovery, but allows cases to be heard in the federal court in which they originated.
This means that evidence pertinent to all plaintiffs involved in the MDL process will be heard simultaneously. After a judge has determined that there is sufficient evidence for cases to go forward, they are returned to local federal courts. Each court makes determinations on a case-by-case basis, meaning that not all plaintiffs will be awarded equally.
The Tate Law Group focuses its practice in MDL. Our litigation attorneys have built a strong reputation in handling complex MDL cases in our home state of Georgia and throughout the United States, including cases on DePuy hip replacements, transvaginal mesh, Actos, Zoloft and Pradaxa. Members of the Tate Law Group serve on steering committees in this important judicial area and are highly qualified to handle MDL cases nationwide.