Multi-district Litigation Roundtable
In 1968 Congress passed the Multi-district Litigation Act to address the problems associated with complex civil litigation in the federal district courts [See 28 U.S.C. Section 1407]. We are approaching the fifty year anniversary of this landmark legislation and a substantial portion of all civil cases in the federal system are now being consolidated before transferee judges selected by the seven judge MDL Panel. The James F. Humphreys Complex Litigation Center at GW Law is hosting a Roundtable discussion with some forty federal judges, professors, and leading practicing attorneys to discuss the many legal and policy issues which surround the decisions of the MDL Panel and the manner in which transferee judges are managing the thousands of cases that have been transferred to them for pre-trial purposes.