Webinar September 15, 2021

What to Expect When You’re Expecting an MDL

Event Detail
Cari K. Dawson, Derin B. Dickerson, Elizabeth Broadway Brown
September 15, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM Eastern Standard Time

Multidistrict litigation (MDL) is a tool for managing complex litigation by transferring cases with common questions of fact to a single federal judge for coordinated proceedings. Though 28 U.S.C. § 1407 and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure apply, thanks to the discretion given the MDL court, you should expect the unexpected!

At a minimum, as a corporate defendant, you should expect (1) more case management orders and attorney committees than you could ever imagine on every conceivable topic; (2) formidable, coordinated, and well-financed members of the plaintiffs’ bar on the other side; and (3) years of challenging discovery and litigation before the first trial.

This CLE provided guidance to corporate defendants on navigating MDLs, shared best practices and strategies for defending and winning MDLs, and addressed recent trends that every corporate defendant should know when facing an MDL.


  • Cari Dawson, Partner, Litigation & Trial Practice
  • Derin Dickerson, Partner, Litigation & Trial Practice
  • Liz Broadway Brown, Partner, Litigation & Trial Practice
  • Bria Stephens, Associate, Litigation & Trial Practice

If you were unable to attend this CLE and are interested in seeing a recording of it or have questions:

Contact Abby Forness at abby.forness@alston.com or 404.881.7824.

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