The Life Cycle of Multidistrict Litigation

Case Management Orders

As judges preside over products-liability MDLs, they often institute a number of judicially created orders in lieu of more traditional procedures under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The graph illustrates when these events tend to occur.

Plaintiff fact sheets tend to come before settlement, whereas census orders and lone pine orders tend to come after settlement as a way to encourage plaintiffs to enter into the settlement program.

For more on the problems these orders can pose, see:

Clicking on the graph will provide an interactive version with dates included.

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