The MDL process is not limited to cases in which a few defendants are alleged to have done a great deal of harm to a large number of plaintiffs, such as in the case of an airplane crash or a drug with harmful side effects; it increasingly is being used to manage litigation challenging an industrywide practice involving large numbers of defendants. In these cases, the process can create a snowball effect, dragging in companies that might never have been named absent the consolidated proceeding.
Sometimes the small fry get swept up in the net
The National Law Journal
September 20, 2010
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