Tag Archives: Multidistrict Litigation

Upcoming Free CLE Webinar: “Multidistrict Litigation: What to Expect from JPML Consolidation Through Trial”

With more than half of all cases pending in the federal courts now docketed in multidistrict litigations (MDLs), pharmaceutical and medical device companies facing large-scale litigation should expect to find themselves before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) with an MDL on the horizon. That’s why Melissa Geist and Jennifer Eppensteiner are pleased to … Continue Reading

Third Circuit Holds That MDL Judges Can’t Reverse Pre-Transfer Orders Absent Extraordinary Circumstances

In a precedential decision issued Thursday, In Re: Pharmacy Benefit Managers Antitrust Litigation (MDL 1782), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit reinstated a district court order compelling arbitration of antitrust claims, an order which another district court judge vacated after the case was transferred to a federal Multi-District Litigation (MDL)s, Based on the law of the case doctrine, the Court of Appeals held that MDL judges may not overturn an order of the transferor court absent a finding of extraordinary circumstances - a conclusion that has broad ramifications for MDL proceedings in general...… Continue Reading