MDL Turns 50: A Look Back and the Way Forward

Thursday, February 7, 2019 (All day)
Larry Walker Room, Dean Rusk Hall

The Georgia Law Review is hosting its 2019 Symposium on Multi-District Litigation. The fiftieth year since the passing of the MDL Statute has given rise to a legal landscape that some praise in the name of judicial economy and some argue divides plaintiff and attorney incentives. MDL has been used to help manage everything from asbestos cases to pelvic mesh product liability to Johnson & Johnson baby powder lawsuits.

Topics covered during three panel discussions will include the rights of individual plaintiffs versus the interests of the group, individual plaintiff's interests against those of their attorney, and the role of the judge in overseeing these lawsuits. Legal scholars as well as practitioners will serve as panelists, including U.S. District Court Chief Judge for the Middle District of Georgia Clay D. Land and U.S. District Court Judge for the Northern District of Alabama R. David Proctor. Notably, Proctor also serves on the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. Additionally, former Georgia Gov. Roy E. Barnes will serve as a panel moderator.

Attendance for UGA faculty, staff and students is free. The cost for non-attorneys is $12, and the cost for attorneys seeking continuing legal education credit for 3.8 hours is $50.

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