Overcoming the Trials and Tribulations of Plaintiff Census Forms and Registries: What’s Working, What’s Not, and How Proposed MDL Rule Changes May Improve the System

December 6, 2022 10:45am

Sean P. Fahey
Partner | Leader, Health Sciences Litigation Practice Group
Troutman Pepper (Philadelphia, PA)

Christine Kain
Partner
Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP (Minneapolis, MN)

John P. Lavelle Jr.

John P. Lavelle, Jr.
Partner
Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP (Philadelphia, PA)

Megan Pizor
General Counsel
Litigation Management, Inc. (Mayfield Heights, OH)

  • How has the use of plaintiff census forms and registries been playing out in recent prominent MDLs?
  • How is the data in these forms impacting judicial decisions and future proceedings?
  • Assessing the pros and cons of these census registries: are they actually working as intended?
  • Addressing collateral issues: how are these census registries impacting the tolling of Statute of Limitations?
  • Devising defense strategies to effectively move cases off census registries
  • Examining recent proposed MDL rule changes that aim to improve early vetting of claims
    • What will the new rules require with regard to early proofs of product use and injury, and how might this impact the efficiency of plaintiff registries?