Our class action lawsuit lawyers at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. represent clients in cases against pharmaceutical companies for dangerous drugs. It is essential that you choose the best class action attorney to handle your claim. This can be the difference between winning a great settlement or receiving no settlement at all.
Lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies for dangerous drugs are filed in two different ways. The first type of lawsuit, a class action lawsuit is more commonly known by the general public. The second type of lawsuit is known as Multidistrict Litigation (MDL). The type of suit that you should join depends on your specific type of case and the specific facts of your case. Both types of lawsuits have beneficial advantages to the person harmed by the dangerous drug.
A class action lawsuit is filed by one person or small group of people who share the same or similar claim with a large number of other people. The person or group petitions the court and asks to be the representative party for all people injured or affected by the dangerous drug. If the judge determines that the person or group who filed the class action lawsuit adequately represents the interests of the entire class of people injured by the pharmaceutical company, then the class will be "certified" and the class action lawsuit may proceed. Once a class action lawsuit has been resolved by way of a settlement or verdict, all the members of the class as defined in the lawsuit, are bound by the outcome.
The other type lawsuit filed against pharmaceutical companies for dangerous drugs is Multidistrict Litigation (MDL). This is when a large number of individual cases that are filed separately in multiple federal courts but then coordinated together in a single district court to make the process more efficient. In a Multidistrict Litigation lawsuit, there is one judge that coordinates all of the pre-trial proceedings and issues a scheduling order for all cases. When a case comes to trial, it is treated as its own case and not lumped together with all of the other cases in the MDL.
There are certain drug injury cases that are best suited for Multidistrict Litigation and others that are better suited for a class action lawsuit. If you were harmed by a dangerous drug, then you often can decide if you should join a class action or a Multidistrict Litigation suit. This decision plays a major factor in determining whether you will receive a settlement or not.
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