Good Law | Bad Law #142- MDL’d for Good or for Ill? A Conversation w/ Elizabeth Burch

Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast, Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by Elizabeth Burch, a law professor at the University of Georgia, to discuss the federal court procedure, Multidistrict Litigation (MDL), and her new book on the subject, “Mass Tort Deals: Backroom Bargaining in Multidistrict Litigation.”


MDLs refer to a special legal process that coordinates large numbers of federal court cases, sometimes hundreds or even thousands of cases, involving the same product and combines them, in theory for coordination and efficiency.  In practice, however, there can be serious that can arise, especially from the perspective of the claimants.  In this episode, Aaron and Elizabeth talk about some of the benefits of MDLs but also some of the negatives that can occur as a result of the MDL structure.


How are claims being handled in MDLs? What are your rights as a plaintiff? Elizabeth and Aaron discuss what you need to know and the questions you might want to ask, especially if you have a claim in an MDL. A fascinating conversation, listen now to learn more about this growing litigation tactic and the potential pitfalls they pose, especially to plaintiffs.


To learn more about Elizabeth, visit her website.

Click here to learn more and/or purchase her book on MDLs. 


Host: Aaron Freiwald

Guest: Elizabeth Burch