mania just keeps spreading. These days, even lawsuits get their own Web sites.

There’s likely no one happier about the trend than Sally Rainwater, clerk in Department F of the Los Angeles Superior Court in Norwalk. The judge she works for, Daniel Pratt, is presiding over California Judicial Council Coordinated Proceeding #4032, also known as the Diet Drug Cases, a tangle of suits filed by users of Fen-Phen against doctors, pharmacies and the manufacturer of the drug, which many people claimed caused heart problems. The proceeding includes 780 cases so far, involving at least 200 attorneys, many of whom are in the San Francisco Bay Area and scattered in locales hundreds of miles from Norwalk.

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