23 Apr 4 Facts to Know about Bellwether Cases (Pt. 2)
Continuing from 4 Facts to Know about Bellwether Cases (Pt. 1), here are some more important facts about bellwether cases that plaintiffs should know when they join multidistrict litigation. Being aware of these facts can help inform injured people about what to expect from these lawsuits and may ease their anxiety as they await a trial or settlement negotiations in their case.
Fact 3: Rulings in bellwether cases set the stage for what to expect in similar litigation in the future.
Given that bellwether cases are test cases and that they generally represent claims that other injured people have when it comes to a defective device or dangerous medication, the rulings and results of these cases give attorneys for both plaintiffs and defendants a good idea of what they can expect to happen with other cases to be litigated in the coming months (or years).
In other words, the rulings and results of bellwether cases essential set a precedent for similar litigation.
Fact 4: When juries side with plaintiffs in bellwether cases, it can increase the chances that defendants will try to settle other cases before trial.
Because bellwether cases are usually precedent-setting cases, when juries in these test cases side with plaintiffs and award them substantial compensation for their injuries and losses, there is a good chance that the defendants (i.e., the manufacturer of the defective product or dangerous medication) will try to settle all other cases in the MDL before trial in an effort to:
- Avoid future costly litigation
- Reduce the negative press the company will likely receive from ongoing future litigation
- Avoid being order to pay far more expensive settlement awards in the future.
If you are involved in an MDL and are offered a settlement, you have a choice whether or not to accept a settlement offer and should discuss your options with your lawyer.
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