Products Liability and the Self-Driving Car: Supplier Liability for Defective Electronics or Software in the Autonomous Vehicle

Nov 25, 2016 By: Paul D. Rheingold

Mass tort litigation for the self-driving car may come about if there was a malfunction in the electronics or software of vehicle, causing injury.

Does the establishment of an MDL invite the filing of cases with marginal merit?

Nov 2, 2016 By: Paul D. Rheingold

For defendants who often claim that cases of little or no merit are filed once an MDL for a mass tort has been set up, they now have something to cite: the September decision by Chief Judge Clay Land in the transvaginal mesh litigation.

Are there any common factors in the recent demise of some MDL mass tort actions?

Sep 27, 2016 By: Paul D. Rheingold

Recently, it appears that more than the usually rare event of an unsuccessful MDL has been occurring. Is there some sort of common process going on?

Do plaintiff leaders of a mass tort MDL owe a fiduciary duty to lawyers with cases in the MDL?

Aug 26, 2016 By: Paul D. Rheingold

Almost a half century after the creation of federal MultiDistirct Litigation (MDL) there isn’t a substantial body of law on whether the lawyers that the MDL court appoints to lead the plaintiff’s cases owe a fiduciary duty to other plaintiff’s lawyers.

Mass elimination of MDL cases on a statute of limitations defense

Jul 20, 2016 By: Paul D. Rheingold

One mass production method to knock out cases where the SOL has run is to set up a procedure for the defendant to challenge cases in groups.

Where are the new mass tort cases?

Jun 17, 2016 By: Paul D. Rheingold

The number of new mass tort litigations, at least for large numbers of claimants, has dropped off radically in the past few years.

Private settlements of mass tort cases: The good and the bad

May 24, 2016 By: Paul D. Rheingold

Until recently, mass tort settlements were treated on an analogy to class action settlements. The later envisions a very active role of a supervising judge in approving the terms of the settlement.

Accusations of misconduct in transvaginal mesh mass tort litigation

Apr 13, 2016 By: Paul D. Rheingold

Every major mass tort litigation has been presented with unethical activity, so it unsurprising that the current transvaginal mesh litigation is plagued with accusations of misconduct too.

Why there are no class actions in mass tort cases

Mar 22, 2016 By: Paul D. Rheingold

Not only lay people but also many lawyers think — incorrectly — of “class actions” when you tell them that you handle mass torts.

Recent methods employed in selecting bellwether cases in mass tort litigation

Mar 1, 2016 By: Paul D. Rheingold

All recent mass tort cases have employed the method of selecting lead cases to go forward, a process universally known as bellwether selections.

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