What is multidistrict litigation?

Multidistrict litigation (MDL) cases are civil actions involving one or more common questions of fact. The purposes of this transfer or”centralization” process are to avoid duplication of discovery, to prevent inconsistent pretrial rulings, and to conserve the resources of the parties, their counsel and the judiciary. Transferred actions not terminated in the transferee district are remanded to their originating transferor districts by the Panel at or before the conclusion of centralized pretrial proceedings.

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