Multidistrict Litigation: The Why and How

The term multidistrict litigation (MDL) is often used when referring to many of the large-scale lawsuits you see on the news. But what exactly does it mean? Beasley Allen attorney Danielle Mason, who is currently working on an MDL against Johnson and Johnson for its talcum powder’s link to ovarian cancer, explains an MDL is used to consolidate similar cases in a federal court that affect a large number of people. MDLs are used to gather information that would apply to every case in order to streamline the process, reduce costs for those suing and establish a protocol for how the cases proceed.


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