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Forty percent of all civil suits in the federal court system are part of MDLs. A large portion of those MDLs involve products liability, mass disaster, consumer finance or securities disputes. MDLs are increasingly being assigned to federal courts outside of the northeast, west coast and Chicago and to judges that previously have not handled MDLs.

Baker Donelson is the go-to firm for MDLs in the southeast.  As either national or local counsel, we have the requisite skill-set in a vast array of MDL settings, including pharmaceuticals and medical devices, mass product failures, mass disaster, consumer finance and securities to make a difference.

Our MDL Experience
  • Appeared, argued and executed hundreds of filings before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML).
  • Sought and opposed consolidation before the JPML based on client-specific circumstances.
  • Appointed as Co-Lead Defense Counsel in largest mass disaster MDL on record.
  • Appointed as defense liaison counsel in MDL that included more than 1,000 defendants.
  • Tried multiple Bellwether and limited issue trials in MDLs.
  • Litigated class certification in the context of multiple MDLs.
  • Settled class actions in the context of MDLs.
  • Settled mass joinders and non-class aggregate settlements in MDLs.
  • Litigated and resolved federal enforcement and state Attorney General claims in the context of MDLs.
  • Coordinated the representation of clients facing parallel MDL and criminal exposures.
  • Handled discovery of parties and experts in numerous MDLs as regional counsel.

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