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:
Elizabeth Chamblee Burch, Nudges and Norms in Multidistrict Litigation: A Response to Engstrom, 129 Yale L. J. Forum 64 (2019);
Nora Freeman Engstrom, The Lessons of Lone Pine, 129 Yale L. Rev. 1 (2019).
Clicking on the graph will provide an interactive version with dates included.