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Tag: Civil Procedure


MDL as Category

Zachary D. Clopton, Professor of Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

Multidistrict litigation (MDL) dominates the federal civil docket. MDL has been used to consolidate hundreds of thousands of cases, including with respect to asbestos, the BP oil spill, Johnson & Johnson baby powder, NFL concussions, opioids, and more. In recent years, MDL has attracted the attention of reformers and scholars, who have offered proposals for…

Jul 2020


Making State Civil Procedure

Zachary D. Clopton

State courts matter. Not only do state courts handle more than sixty times the number of civil cases as federal courts, but they also represent an important bulwark against the effects of federal procedural retrenchment. Yet state courts and state procedure are notably absent from the scholarly discourse. In order to evaluate state procedure—and in…

Nov 2018