Sunday, October 13, 2013

Update on the first MDL litigation in Cleveland

The case was originally scheduled for trial on September 9, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio, and then rescheduled to Sept. 24, 2013.

"After conferring at length with the trial attorneys handling this matter, the Court has determined that because of the initial continuance of this trial as aforesaid the scheduling of expert witnesses by both parties has become an extremely difficult task," wrote U.S. District Judge David A. Katz in his reschedule notice.

"Additionally, issues remain with regard to scheduling of additional depositions and pretrial discovery which are necessary for the thorough preparation and presentation of this bellwether case. In the interests of justice, judicial economy and to protect the interests of the parties in this case, the adjourned trial date of September 24, 2013 is set aside and continued to the call of the Court, trial to be set to commence within ninety (90) days."

"Given the fact that there are thousands of similar cases and this is a bellwether case in this litigation it is important that both parties receive a fair trial and the judge has expressed his concerns,"

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