What Is the Difference Between Class Action and Multidistrict Lawsuits?
Multidistrict litigation (MDL) is a way for the courts to collectively handle multiple lawsuits involving the same plaintiff, such as a drug manufacturer. MDL cases are civil cases that involve the same questions of fact, such as whether a drug manufacturer was negligent in manufacturing dangerous pharmaceuticals.
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Multidistrict Litigation vs. Class Action
MDL is not a type of class action. Class action suits are large-scale proceedings, usually brought about in product liability cases, on the behalf of multiple clients who have a shared interest in the case. Class actions, however, may be transferred to an MDL consolidation in the same way single-plaintiff cases are.
The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation decides whether cases should be consolidated under MDL, based on one or more questions of fact. Since commonality is also a requirement for class action suits, these cases are often litigated in MDL proceedings.
Common MDL Cases
The most common types of MDL cases are:
- Torts involving disaster (most often airplane crashes)
- Complex product liability cases
- Trademark and patent infringement
- Securities violations
- Antitrust issues