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What is Multidistrict Litigation?

Jed Dietrich, Esq., Recognized as a New York Super Lawyer and One of the Top 3 Personal Injury Lawyers in Buffalo 2020, and His Elite Team at the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. Are Prepared to Fight to Obtain the Best Result for Victims Who Suffered Serious Personal Injuries in Buffalo, New York and Beyond.


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Multidistrict litigation, also commonly referred to as an MDL, is a type of legal proceeding that is intended to assist federal courts in efficiently handling multiple lawsuits that are related, but filed by different parties in different jurisdictions. The federal multidistrict litigation statute, 28 U.S.C. § 1407, specifically allows federal civil lawsuits to be temporarily transferred to one or more district courts for pretrial coordination or consolidation. Multidistrict litigation’s fundamental purpose is to provide a streamlined method of managing complicated cases, especially when numerous federal lawsuits have been filed in various district courts by separate plaintiffs, but concern the same defendant and/or very similar legal issues. Nevertheless, each plaintiff can still maintain their lawsuit and compensation is determined separately for each case. MDLs are typically formed by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML).

If you, or a loved one, were seriously injured due to another’s negligence, Jed Dietrich, Esq. and his team of multidistrict litigation personal injury attorneys in Buffalo, New York are here for you. We are determined, disciplined and dedicated to obtaining the best possible results for those suffering injuries in Buffalo, New York; Rochester, New York; Niagara Falls, New York and throughout New York State. After being involved in an accident, victims may suffer from life-changing injuries that will result in financial hardships. An accident victim may be eligible for monetary compensation for their related medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and future losses through a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party. Time and time again, former clients of the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. have said that Jed Dietrich, Esq. is the best personal injury lawyer in Buffalo, New York. View our Google 5 Star rating and our clients’ testimonials by clicking here.

How Does The Judicial Panel On Multidistrict Litigation Work? People Talking

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation is a panel formed by seven federal district court and appellate court judges that are all from different parts of the country. The JPML is tasked with determining whether court cases in different districts are similar enough to collectively participate in the preliminary phases of civil litigation. When the panel concludes that multiple cases share common questions of fact, the JPML can assign the lawsuits to a specific court for joint pretrial proceedings. As a result, various cases about the same matter are consolidated into a single MDL and overseen by a single judge. When the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation decides to consolidate and assign cases to a judge, all of the other federal lawsuits subject to the multidistrict litigation will then be transferred from their original courts (where each plaintiff filed their claims) to the MDL court for discovery and court proceedings.

If you, or a loved one, suffered severe injuries in an accident caused by another party’s negligence, call the Dietrich Law Firm P.C., recognized as a Best Law Firm of America, today at 716-839-3939. Practicing law the Dietrich way, we are: determined, disciplined and dedicated to providing individualized care and attention to your unique personal injury lawsuit. The Buffalo, New York multidistrict litigation product liability lawyers at the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. understand how to properly and aggressively pursue personal injury claims. We will zealously fight to obtain the best possible result for your case.

Discovery And Pretrial Proceedings Are Managed By A Single Court

Multidistrict litigation is typically applied by the federal court system to conserve resources, save time and, most importantly, procure consistent rulings by the court for separate cases that contain remarkably similar issues. MDLs allow for each plaintiff’s individual needs to be dealt with while still enjoying collective advantages, such as combining resources that may be necessary to take on massive, influential corporations with practically unlimited resources to be used for their defenses.

For instance, when a considerable number of victims pursue legal actions after suffering harm from the same defective product, such as Zantac or hernia mesh, their lawsuits may be consolidated to a single federal district court.

The single court will then manage all discovery and pretrial proceedings. The district judge supervising the multidistrict litigation will evolve into an expert on the case and be able to increase the effectiveness of rulings that will apply to all pertinent claims. This can also accelerate the course of litigation significantly by only requiring witnesses and defendants to be deposed once instead of over and over again by each of the plaintiffs. The same depositions, expert medical testimony and documents can then be used in each lawsuit, which enables plaintiff law firms to band together to review massive amounts of documents collectively. The cases are then sent back to the original courts to proceed with their separate trials.

Jed Dietrich, Esq. has exclusively handled serious personal injury cases throughout the United States since 1999. Jed Dietrich, Esq. founded the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. in 2005 with a mission to provide the highest level of personal injury service to the people of Buffalo, New York and beyond. Our very experienced, aggressive, tenacious and hardworking team of multidistrict litigation personal injury attorneys in Buffalo, New York know the kind of dedication it takes to secure winning results and we will fight to obtain the best result for your injuries. Insurance companies have paid Jed Dietrich, Esq. in excess of $175 Million to resolve injury claims. Our team is available 24 hours per day and 7 days per week at 716-839-3939 or by filling out our online consultation form. Don’t delay, contact the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. today!


Call the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. immediately at 716-839-3939 so that our aggressive, tenacious and hardworking personal injury lawyers can fight to obtain the best result for your personal injury claim in Buffalo, New York. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and there is never a fee until we WIN for you!

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