The Risperdal Multidistrict Litigation – Risperdal MDL
The Risperdal lawsuits are likely to become part of a multidistrict litigation (MDL).
Meetings to organize an MDL began back in May at the Complex Litigation Center of the Philadelphia City Hall.
At that time, May of 2014, 360 Risperdal gynecomastia lawsuits had been filed.
The number of Risperdal lawsuits has nearly doubled since then; there are 662 records of pending Risperdal gynecomastia lawsuits as of today, July 28th 2014, according to Philadelphia Courts, First Judicial District of Pennsylvania.
Most of these pending Risperdal lawsuits are awaiting consolidation into the Risperdal MDL.
These claims are being petitioned for placement in what is called a multi district litigation, or an MDL.
What is an MDL?
An MDL is a way of consolidating lawsuit claims of a similar nature to be heard in a federal court by a federal judge, rather than courts and judges all over America.
When you have hundreds of claims – as is the case in the Risperdal lawsuit – MDLs can be formed to process the pretrial steps to litigation for hundreds or thousands of claimants involved.
If a case is not either dismissed or settled in the pretrial stages, the plaintiff has the right to pursue litigation. The case will then be transferred back to the district where the complaint was originally made, and go to trial.
If you are offered a pre-trial settlement, it is your right to either accept or reject it. If you chose to reject any settlement offered our Risperdal attorneys are more than prepared to litigate in court on your behalf.
How is an MDL Created?
The Plaintiffs, Defendant(s), and federal courts all have the right to petition for an MDL.
Meetings began to organize a petition for a Risperdal MDL back in May of 2014.
When an MDL is petitioned for, the request is sent to the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML). It is JPML’s responsibility to determine is an MDL is warranted, and if it is, what district and judge will hear the case.
The JPML will review the claims and decide if they are similar enough to be considered on a consolidated, “mass tort” basis.
If they believe an MDL should be created, they will assign a US District court and judge to hear the case.
There currently is no Risperdal MDL, but it’s a likely direction this case may take.
What are the benefits to an MDL?
Unlike a Risperdal class action lawsuit, a Risperdal MDL would ensure that each claim filed has the chance to be considered individually, with a chance at a fair settlement.
MDLs also save time, efforts, and expense for all parties involved- the plaintiffs, defendants, and the court system.
A Risperdal MDL would ensure that the rulings on the Risperdal lawsuit claims are consistent, by placing all the pending claims in one courtroom, to be heard by one expert US judge.
The judge will most likely appoint a Plaintiff Steering Committee, or PSC.
A PSC is a group of lawyers who are chosen to represent all the plaintiffs filing lawsuits in an MDL. Having a PSC is an advantage because your lawyer is extremely familiar with the case, and has been appointed by a US District Judge to represent you, the client, and fight for your rights against Johnson and Johnson’s attorneys.
What are the Differences between a Risperdal MDL and Risperdal Class Action Lawsuit?
In a Risperdal class action lawsuit, there would be one lawsuit filed again Janssen, and there would be one lump sum awarded if a settlement was reached.
This settlement would be divided up equally among all the hundreds, if not thousands of plaintiffs involved, without respect to their individual medical conditions caused by Risperdal side effects, which can be painful and expensive to correct.
In a Risperdal MDL the cases would have a chance to be reviewed individually by Risperdal lawyers and the judge, and if the plaintiff is in any way uncomfortable with the settlement offered, they can chose to take the case to court and litigate in a Risperdal lawsuit.
Thus, you have more control over your case in a Risperdal MDL, rather than a Risperdal class action lawsuit because you are fighting for your own individual claim and can negotiate your settlement with your Risperdal lawyer.
How We Can Help in the Risperdal MDL
Attorneys Band Gates & Dramis works both directly and indirectly with the major attorneys on the case.
As mentioned earlier, the Risperdal MDL will most likely have a Plaintiff’s Steering Committee, or PSC assigned to handle the claims. We at Consumer Claims Center of America work with members of PSCs, and intend to do so again when the Risperdal PSC is appointed.
Attorneys Band Gates & Dramis acts as an expedited claims processing center, helping you build your case and getting it reviewed by the major lawyers specialized in the Risperdal lawsuit.
If you have been affected by Risperdal Gynecomastia and think you would like to make a claim, we can help you evaluate your case with a free consultation.
Band Gates & Dramis, and the Risperdal attorneys we work with do not charge a fee for our services until you collect your Risperdal settlement.
Simply fill out the online claims form on this page, or call the number below to speak with a live representative.