Multidistrict litigation, or MDL, has two defining factors: (1) only for civil cases, and (2) must be brought in federal court. The Federal court system uses this method to save time and resources but also to have consistent court rulings for separate lawsuits that involve vastly similar issues.

Multidistrict litigation is the process of simplifying complex civil lawsuits that arise out of the same course of conduct across multiple court districts to one federal district court. To find out if your injuries require the filing or joining of multidistrict litigation lawsuits, contact a Florida multidistrict litigation attorney today. The attorneys at Colson Hicks Eidson use their knowledge and experience to develop the best litigation strategies to pursue a successful multi-district litigation lawsuit.

How does multidistrict litigation differ from a class-action lawsuit?

A class action lawsuit involves filing a single lawsuit for numerous plaintiffs (the class) against a defendant. In a multidistrict litigation suit, the cases will be assigned to a single district court, which will then handle all pretrial and discovery proceedings. The defining factor in MDL is that it involves a larger number of lawsuits, where a class action is one lawsuit.

Multidistrict cases may deal with a common defendant, however, the degree and type of damage involved often vary from claim to claim. This is why the same court will address the issues of each case separately.

Another way MDL is different from a class-action lawsuit is that each plaintiff will most likely receive different compensation amounts, which correspond to the extent of their damages. Multidistrict litigation speeds up the pre-trial process by pooling together information, deposing each witness only one time (as opposed to separately for each case), and evidence from similar cases.

How will multidistrict litigation impact your case?

Pursuing a claim through multidistrict litigation will change how your case proceeds through the pre-trial process. This will not likely impact the outcome of your cases or your ability to recover fair compensation.

Multidistrict litigation will reduce the amount of time you spend on the case because it will most likely take place miles away from where you sustained the injury. This can be good and bad, bad because you will feel isolated from the case proceedings, and good because you will not have to spend hours prepping, interviewing, and being deposed.

The benefits of a multidistrict litigation for you, the plaintiff, include:

  • Possibility of more compensation because the legal fees will be reduced
  • The likelihood of publicity could lead to more victims filing claims
  • The laws that apply to the case can vary by the location (this could help or hinder your case)
  • MDL cases are more likely to reach conclusion by settlement rather than in court

The most common cases for MDLs are mass tort cases such as products liability, pharmaceutical errors, and defective medical devices.

Contacting a Florida Multidistrict Litigation Attorney Today

Multidistrict litigation is a more complicated process than most injury lawsuits, which is why it is important to have an experienced Florida multidistrict litigation attorney on your side. You need to feel secure in your attorney’s ability to represent your case. The attorneys at Colson Hicks Eidson will effectively and strategically fight for the rights and compensation of each and every client.

Filing a lawsuit can be stressful, especially when suffering an injury, which is why our multidistrict litigation attorneys are here for you through every step of the process. If you have experienced a defective product, data breach, unfair business practice, or disaster at the hands of a company, the Florida class multidistrict litigation attorneys of Colson Hicks Eidson may be able to assist you. You can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or by calling us at 305-476-7400.