-- Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) Hearing to Determine Where Nationwide Class Action Cases Will Be Transferred
Logansport, IN, September 27, 2011 – Today, Indiana law firm of Starr, Austen & Miller, LLP, along with the other plaintiff’s firms that have filed class action lawsuits against E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company ("DuPont") COMMA, charging that DUPONT'S herbicide Imprelis is causing widespread death among trees and other non-targeted vegetation across the country, will argue in a multidistrict litigation hearing to a federal panel as to where all of the cases should be transferred.
Multidistrict litigation is a procedure utilized in the federal court system to transfer to one federal judge all pending civil cases of a similar type filed throughout the
. The decision whether cases should be transferred is made by a panel of seven federal judges appointed by the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. United States
Generally, the transferee court (the MDL court) will set standing orders or pretrial orders informing the lawyers involved of the ground rules, deadlines and procedures the court expects the litigants to follow. Steering committees may be appointed to manage the substance of the litigation and the discovery of facts.
“This is a very important step in the litigation process," stated plaintiffs' counsel Mario Massillamany. "The panel’s determination as to transferee court will in essence dictate which law firms will control the litigation as it moves forward."
Plaintiff R.N. Thompson Golf, LLC, owns and manages several golf courses in the greater
area, including the Winding Ridge Golf Course and the Ironwood Gold Course. Indianapolis
The lawsuit, entitled Shomo v. E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company, was filed in federal court in
, where DuPont has its headquarters. The proposed class consists of all persons and entities who own property on which Imprelis was applied, own trees or other vegetation whose roots extend under property on which Imprelis was applied, or who own property to which Imprelis migrated between October 4, 2010, and the date of trial. Delaware
Legal Resources for Impacted Property Owners
If you have suffered damage to trees on your property after the spraying of Imprelis, please visit http://www.starrausten.com/imprelis-class-action/ to learn more about the Imprelis class action lawsuit and report your experiences.
Imprelis is a registered trademark of DuPont De Nemours & Company and used solely for product identification and informational purposes. Plaintiffs' counsel are in no way affiliated with DuPont.
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