Thursday, August 27, 2009
Margaret Williams (Federal Judicial Center) and Tracey George (Vanderbilt) have posted to SSRN their article, Between Cases and Classes: The Decision to Consolidate Multidistrict Litigation. Here's the abstract:
This paper provides the preliminary results of a convenience sample of ninety MDL orders from 2003 to 2009. The study investigates the rationale for transfer of federal civil litigation by the Panel, where cases are assigned, and to whom. The purpose of the analysis is to identify factors that explain past transfers by the Panel, both to particular districts and judges. The results provided here represent a draft paper submitted to the Conference on Empirical Legal Studies for possible presentation at its annual meeting in November 2009.