Multi-Forum Litigation: Strategic Considerations

Leveraging MDL, State Mass Action Coordination, and Other Tactics to Meet Litigation Goals

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Thursday, February 24, 2011

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Program Materials

This CLE webinar will provide plaintiff and defense counsel with strategies to manage multi-forum litigation, including federal MDL procedures, state coordination procedures, change of venue and discovery management.


Managing complex, multi-forum litigation requires counsel to be proficient in using a variety of litigation strategies—from the MDL process to multi-state litigation—to achieve desired outcomes.

Strategic considerations facing counsel include whether and when to seek consolidation and transfer into an MDL, putting forth the most convincing arguments for or against consolidation and transfer, and effectively managing an MDL to achieve litigation goals.

In addition to powerful MDL tools, coordination of mass actions on the state level has been rapidly evolving. The majority of states that have enacted statutory coordination rules have adopted framework and procedures analogous to the federal MDL.

Listen as our authoritative panel of attorneys discusses various litigation strategies for both plaintiff and defense counsel to effectively manage multi-forum, complex litigation.



  1. MDL litigation
    1. Strategic considerations for plaintiffs
    2. Strategic consideration for defendants
    3. Impact on class action litigation
  2. State court coordination procedures
    1. Overview of key state coordination procedures
    2. Coordination of state cases with related federal MDL proceedings
  3. Other strategies to manage multi-forum litigation
    1. 1404 change of venue procedures
    2. National or regional counsel
    3. Discovery coordination


The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • When does a motion to centralize related cases make the most sense?
  • What are the effects of the federal MDL on related state court litigation?
  • How can a 1404(a) venue transfer be most effectively employed?

Following the speaker presentations, you'll have an opportunity to get answers to your specific questions during the interactive Q&A.


John Randall Whaley
John Randall Whaley

Neblett Beard & Arsenault

His practice focuses on class actions, complex litigation, consumer protection, wrongful death, and serious personal...  |  Read More

William K. Dodds
William K. Dodds


He chairs the firm's white collar and securities litigation group, focuses his securities practice on defense of public...  |  Read More

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