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Between Cases and Classes: The Decision to Consolidate Multidistrict Litigation


Margaret S. Williams


Visiting Scholar

Tracey E. George


Vanderbilt University - Law School

August 3, 2009


Abstract:     
This paper provides the preliminary results of a convenience sample of ninety MDL orders from 2003 to 2009. The study investigates the rationale for transfer of federal civil litigation by the Panel, where cases are assigned, and to whom. The purpose of the analysis is to identify factors that explain past transfers by the Panel, both to particular districts and judges. The results provided here represent a draft paper submitted to the Conference on Empirical Legal Studies for possible presentation at its annual meeting in November 2009.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 32

Keywords: Multidistrict, Litigation

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Date posted: August 8, 2009  

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Williams, Margaret S. and George, Tracey E., Between Cases and Classes: The Decision to Consolidate Multidistrict Litigation (August 3, 2009). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1443377 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1443377

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Margaret S. Williams
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131 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203
United States
Tracey E. George (Contact Author)
Vanderbilt University - Law School ( email )
131 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203-1181
United States
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