Between Cases and Classes: The Decision to Consolidate Multidistrict Litigation
Margaret S. Williams
Federal Judicial Center; Visiting Scholar
Tracey E. George
Vanderbilt University - Law School
August 3, 2009
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
Date posted: August 8, 2009
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