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Common Issues Defense Strategy. James G. Martingano MehaffyWeber Houston, TX. Introduction. Common Themes Single event Multiple parties Common Sources of Proof Common Problems Scope Inherent Delay/Duplication Discovery Finality. Main Types. Class Action statutory MDL statutory

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common issues defense strategy

Common IssuesDefense Strategy

James G. Martingano

MehaffyWeber

Houston, TX

introduction
Introduction
  • Common Themes
    • Single event
    • Multiple parties
    • Common Sources of Proof
  • Common Problems
    • Scope
    • Inherent Delay/Duplication
    • Discovery
    • Finality
main types
Main Types
  • Class Action
    • statutory
  • MDL
    • statutory
  • Mass Tort/Consolidated Cases
    • Generally common law
mass tort vs class action
Mass Tort vs. Class Action
  • Similarities
    • Jurisdiction (State or Federal)
    • Focus (case disposition)
  • Differences
    • Procedure (Federal vs. State)
    • Scope (limited vs. general)
federal class actions
Federal Class Actions
  • Federal Rule 23
    • 1938
      • 3 types
        • True
        • Spurious
        • Hybrid
      • “Opt-In”
    • 1966
      • Criteria
        • Numerosity
        • Commonality
        • Typicality
      • “Opt-Out”
class actions
Class Actions
  • Class Action Fairness Act of 2005
    • Tort Reform
    • Expanded Federal Jurisdiction
    • Limits on Coupon Settlements
  • Trends
    • Personal Injury
    • Consumer
    • Employment
  • State Court
    • Range of options
    • California – most complex
a brief history of mdl
A Brief History of MDL
  • Federal MDLs created in 1968
  • 28 U.S.C. § 1407
  • “common questions of fact”
  • “centralization is for the convenience of the parties and promotes just and efficient conduct of litigation
current data on federal mdls
Current Data on Federal MDLs
  • 310 MDLs in over 60 Federal Districts
  • 240 Judges overseeing one or more MDLs
  • 92,000 pending individual cases
    • Of which 48,000 are asbestos
  • 15% of the entire Federal Court docket
mdl highlights
MDL Highlights
  • Breast Implant
    • Established Scientific Panel to evaluate Daubert Motion
    • Global Settlement
  • Welding Rod
    • Bellwether Trials
  • Chinese Dry Wall
    • Consumer and Personal Injury
    • Jurisdiction
  • Vioxx
    • Settlement
  • Asbestos
    • Still pending
    • Largest caseload – 40,000+
  • Toyota Litigation
    • personal injury and consumer claims
class action highlights
Class Action Highlights
  • Wal Mart
    • Largest gender discrimination class action recently certified
    • Dukes v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Northern District of California
  • AT&T
    • Overtime wage claims
    • Wlotkowski et al. v. Michigan Bell Telephone Company, Eastern District of Michigan.
herb zarov
Herb Zarov
  • Personal Injury Issues related to Consolidated Cases
  • Case Management Orders
    • Defenses
    • Strategy
  • Hypothetical Case Study
carla christofferson
Carla Christofferson
  • Punitive Damages in Class Actions
    • Exxon Valdez
  • Standing Issues
    • Tobacco II
carolyn frantz
Carolyn Frantz
  • No-Injury Class Actions
    • Teflon
    • BPA