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Defective Airbag MDL will not be heard in Pittsburgh

In a recent blog article I discussed the possibility of MDL (multi-district litigation) concerning injuries caused by defective product airbags might be headed to the Federal District Court located in Pittsburgh.  

The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation decided that the litigation will take place in Florida, the venue favored by most the plaintiffs' lawyers.  The majority of the defendant car manufacturers previously argued for the litigation to take place in Pittsburgh.  The panel of judges that decided to move the litigation to Florida noted that no one district is the focal point in these actions because the plaintiffs and defendants orginate from different locations across the nation.  The panel which determined the final venue of the MDL is comprised of federal district judges.  Judges that might be asked to hear this case were recused from the panel.

This will certainly be an interesting case to watch from a personal injury and defective product standpoint.

Source:

"Takata MDL Packaged and Sent to Florida", by Saranac Hale Spencer, The Legal Intelligencer, February 6, 2015

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