The location and cause of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370′s disappearance two years ago continues to prove elusive, but that hasn’t stopped plaintiffs lawyers from pursuing novel and, at times conflicting, legal theories in U.S. courts on behalf of the families of the deceased.

On June 2, a federal panel coordinated about 40 lawsuits filed in U.S. courts to District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of the District of Columbia. The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation selected Jackson even though she hasn’t handled an MDL before, calling her “an able and experienced jurist.” Jackson, who joined the federal bench in 2013, was named as a potential candidate for the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year.

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