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Andrew Bradt in the news:

Judges should have to OK MDL settlements

Andrew Bradt co-writes for Daily Journal (registration required), Nov. 8, 2016

In many ways MDL practice resembles class action practice. And without the judge providing a signal that the deal is worth taking, individuals may be left in the dark when deciding whether to accept. In an MDL-dominated litigation landscape, judges should embrace an information-intermediary role by expressing an opinion on the fairness of proposed mass settlements.

Lyft sued over fatal crash after settlement delay

Andrew Bradt quoted in San Francisco Chronicle, April 18, 2016

Still, he said, Lyft’s responses are unlikely to play well in the court of public opinion — and could hurt the company’s reputation. “It seems like misdirection if one of their main selling points is protection by an insurance policy, but the realities of recovering under that policy are extremely onerous,” Bradt said.

Motion: stop Volkswagen from contacting car owners

Andrew Bradt quoted in Daily Journal (registration required), Oct. 6, 2015

“It’s not unusual for a potential defendant to be reaching out to potential plaintiffs, either to offer some alternative remedy or recall a product or replace it,” Bradt said.

Libor MDL plaintiffs may appeal immediately from complaint’s dismissal

Andrew Bradt interviewed by Bloomberg BNA, January 21, 2015

Given how the high court has treated MDLs “in the past, as a collection of individual cases consolidated for pretrial and not a complete consolidation like a class action, the result was inevitable,” he said.

Tobacco industry batting a thousand with federal judge, while FDA strikes out

Andrew Bradt quoted in FairWarning, September 29, 2014

“The odds are long,” said Andrew Bradt … “but I would have no basis for saying there’s any shenanigans going on.”

Scholars say MDL filings increase, compete with class actions

Andrew Bradt quoted in Legal Newsline, March 22, 2013

“When we have large-scale litigation, the demands on the system are such that we have to have an efficient way to resolve it,” Bradt said. “It doesn’t make sense for there to be 10,000 cases in 10,000 courts across the country. It makes sense for there to be some kind of consolidated proceeding that prevents inefficient duplication of litigation.”