Cases involving common issues may be consolidated into a Multidistrict Litigation, or MDL. Cases in a MDL are consolidated for pretrial proceedings, but individually evaluated. The cases may also be resolved in a group setting through what is known as a global settlement.

What is a global settlement?

A global settlement occurs when defendants settle a large number of cases at once for a single sum of money. Defendants oftentimes prefer to settle all cases in a MDL at once instead of trying each one individually. Although cases settle in a group, they are evaluated individually.

How is a global settlement reached?

Attorneys for plaintiffs in a MDL and attorneys for defendants, often big corporations, negotiate a settlement taking into account many factors. For example, in product liability cases involving recalled medical devices, factors may include:

After taking these points into consideration, the parties will agree on one amount to resolve all cases in a MDL.

Who decides how much each individual gets?

The MDL judge will appoint a neutral third party, known as a Special Master or Settlement Administrator, to evaluate and value each individual’s case. Along with the factors above, the Special Master or Settlement Administrator considers case specific factors. Examples of factors in a recalled medical device case may include:

Do I have to accept the amount offered?

When the Special Master or Settlement Administrator determines an individual settlement amount, your attorney will let you know. The decision whether to accept the amount is entirely up to you. Your attorney will make a recommendation on whether to accept the award. They will discuss the pros and cons of accepting the award, as well as the next steps if you decide to decline the settlement. It is important to remember that your attorney is acting in your best interest and wants the most favorable outcome for you.

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After reviewing your medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering damages, we can help you understand what your case is worth and plan a road map going forward.
After reviewing your medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering damages, we can help you understand what your case is worth and plan a road map going forward.

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