April 24, 2019 Articles

Multidistrict Litigation Mass Terminations for Failure to Prove Causation

One thing that five mass tort dismissals had in common was massive advertising seeking cases, by websites created by lawyers and lead generators.

By Paul D. Rheingold

What does the demise of some recent mass-tort multidistrict litigations (MDLs) tell us? Are MDL judges emboldened? Did plaintiffs make poor choices to push unlikely litigation? Did the rise of Internet lead-chasing groups and lending organizations play a role? This brief survey lends credence to all of the above factors but finds the Internet to be a root cause in facilitating a number of questionable mass tort MDLs.

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