Class Action and MDL Cases
Mason Law Firm handles class action cases and claims as well as multi-district litigation and claims, also called MDL proceedings.
A class action, sometimes also referred to as a “class suit” or a “representative action” is a lawsuit in which the Plaintiffs consist of members of a group of similarly injured or harmed people who are represented collectively by a single member of that group.
When a person is a part of a class action they often receive a letter or notice they are a member of the class and must take certain steps if they wish to receive the benefits provided for by a class action settlement.
In a class action lawsuit, a representative Plaintiff sues a defendant (or multiple defendants) on behalf of a group, or class, of absent parties. This process differs from a typical lawsuit, where an individual party initiates a lawsuit against another party for redress of an injury or harm, and the parties from both sides all appear in court. The rules for class actions differ between states, but generally class actions usually involve a large number of people (generally in excess of 40) who have been injured or harmed by the same defendant in a similar manner. Rather than each injured person bringing his or her own claims individually, which could lead to either judicial backlog or inconsistent results over numerous courts, the class action process allows the claims of all class members—even those who are unaware that they have claims— to be addressed in a single proceeding pursued on their behalf by the representative plaintiff(s) and class legal counsel.
MDL litigation is similar but the rules are slightly different. MDL cases arise when civil actions involving one or more common questions of fact are pending in different Federal district courts. Typically those cases that end up in an MDL involve numerous plaintiff in several different federal courts. The cases typically share common issues. So that the multiple matters can be most efficiently processed, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) determines whether certain cases should be consolidated under an MDL, and if so, the Panel also decides to which district the cases should be transferred. Cases subject to MDL are sent from the different courts to one central court chosen by the Panel where a judge will preside over all of the matters for the pretrial proceedings and discovery. If a case assigned to the MDL is not settled or dismissed in the MDL court, it is sent back to the original court for a trial.
Examples of cases that are typically handled as class action or through the MDL process are:
- Asbestos and Mesothelioma cases
- Prescription Drug Related Cases
- Testosterone Therapy Drugs
- Talcum Powder
- Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs)
- Phen-Fen Diet Drugs
Medical Device and Equipment Cases
- Mirena IUD Birth Control
- Yasmin and Yaz Birth Control
- NuvaRing Birth Control
- Zimmer NexGen Knee Implants
- Zimmer Duron Hip Cup Implants
- Biomet M2a Magnum Hip Implants
- Stryker LFIT V40 Femoral Head Implants
- Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Implants
- DePuy Orthopedic Products
- Pinnacle Hip Implants
- Ethicon Pelvic repair Systems
- Coloplast Pelvic Support System
- C.R. Bard Pelvic Repair System
- American Medical Systems Pelvic Repair System
- Boston Scientific Corporation Pelvic Repair System
- Takata Airbags Litigation
- Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Litigation
- Customer Data Security Breach Litigation
In order to be entitled to a recovery in certain class action or MDL proceedings it is often required that you timely present a claim and support it by submission of evidence. The lawyers at Mason Law Firm have years of experience with class action and MDL litigation and can help you decide if you have a claim which may qualify for a recovery under ongoing class action or MDL litigation.
The list above is merely representative of the hundreds of ongoing class actions or MDL Litigation matters pending in the United States. The lawyers at Mason Law Firm have the resources and experience necessary to determine whether your particular injury claim may be involved in any ongoing or potential class action or MDL litigation. If you believe you may have a claim that could be part of a class action or an MDL proceeding call Mason Law Firm for a free consultation.