On Wednesday afternoon, a courtroom full of attorneys gathered in the Southern District of Illinois Court for the initial conference in the multidistrict litigation for Pradaxa in front of Chief Judge David Herndon.
In Case Management Order Number 6 – Unified Case Management Plan there were five bellwether trial dates selected for the summer and fall of 2014, a time that we are referring to as the “bellwether season.”
I am very proud to have worked with my fellow co-lead attorneys on negotiating the Case Management Plan that was entered. While it is only eight pages long, it is the result of countless hours of work, revision and compromise.
The bellwether season will be an exciting time in this litigation. Bellwether cases are chosen to represent all the plaintiffs (which as of October 2012 includes over 130 plaintiffs in the Pradaxa MDL) in an effort to determine common claims or theories. While this doesn’t mean that every case will be decided at the end of the bellwether season, the results from the bellwether cases will be critical information in evaluating the strength of this case.
I am looking forward to the work that will go into the remainder of this case, but I am proud of the framework that has already gone into this case. It will shape this litigation, and I hope to lead the correct result and justice for the many thousands of people that have been injured or killed by Pradaxa.