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SYMPOSIUM MASS TORTS: BEYOND MATURITY: MASS TORT CASE MANAGEMENT IN THE MANUAL FOR COMPLEX LITIGATION

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  • Source:
    University of Pennsylvania Law Review, 2000/06/01, Vol: 148, p2225
  • Additional Information
    • Author:
      Thomas E. Willging
    • Citation:
      148 U. Pa. L. Rev. 2225
    • Copyright:
      Copyright (c) 2000 The Trustees of The University of Pennsylvania
    • Abstract:
      This Article discusses aspects of the past, present, and future treatment of mass torts in the Manual for Complex Litigation ("Manual " or "MCL"). The Article develops the following story. Some lawyers and judges have used the Manual like a treatise. A danger of such use is that the Manual may discuss a novel concept simply to encourage innovation and testing. Enshrining an innovative idea into a rule of law can lead to the premature creation of rigid legal rules. In the end, such rigidity can inhibit the innovative case management that the Manual is designed to promote. Mass tort litigation is exceedingly complex, involving widely differing congregations of multifaceted cases. A manual, with its inherent tendency to present rules of thumb, can fall prey to the temptation to oversimplify the factors that judges should consider when deciding, for example, whether to aggregate a group of tort cases. By presenting alternative, multidimensional approaches, some of which are sketched out in the last Part of this Article, a manual might avoid prematurely creating rigid rules. Part I describes the Manual and its evolution. Part II uses the Manual's treatment of the concept of maturity in mass tort litigation and one court's reliance on that treatment as a case study to assess the role the Manual should play in the development of practices, procedures, and legal rules that might be applied to mass torts. Part III presents a critical evaluation of the maturity concept, examining how maturity would have ...
    • Subject Terms:
    • Keywords:
      multidimensional
      congregations
      oversimplify
      multifaceted
      development
      prematurely
      alternative
      exceedingly
      evaluation
      procedures
    • Accession Number:
      edslexD861450E
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      WILLGING, T. E. Symposium Mass Torts: Beyond Maturity: Mass Tort Case Management in the Manual for Complex Litigation. University of Pennsylvania Law Review, [s. l.], v. 148, p. 2225, 2000. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edslex&AN=edslexD861450E&custid=s8280428. Acesso em: 11 jul. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Willging TE. Symposium Mass Torts: Beyond Maturity: Mass Tort Case Management in the Manual for Complex Litigation. University of Pennsylvania Law Review. 2000;148:2225. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edslex&AN=edslexD861450E&custid=s8280428. Accessed July 11, 2020.
    • AMA11:
      Willging TE. Symposium Mass Torts: Beyond Maturity: Mass Tort Case Management in the Manual for Complex Litigation. University of Pennsylvania Law Review. 2000;148:2225. Accessed July 11, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edslex&AN=edslexD861450E&custid=s8280428
    • APA:
      Willging, T. E. (2000). Symposium Mass Torts: Beyond Maturity: Mass Tort Case Management in the Manual for Complex Litigation. University of Pennsylvania Law Review, 148, 2225.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Willging, Thomas E. 2000. “Symposium Mass Torts: Beyond Maturity: Mass Tort Case Management in the Manual for Complex Litigation.” University of Pennsylvania Law Review 148 (June): 2225. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edslex&AN=edslexD861450E&custid=s8280428.
    • Harvard:
      Willging, T. E. (2000) ‘Symposium Mass Torts: Beyond Maturity: Mass Tort Case Management in the Manual for Complex Litigation’, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, 148, p. 2225. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edslex&AN=edslexD861450E&custid=s8280428 (Accessed: 11 July 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Willging, TE 2000, ‘Symposium Mass Torts: Beyond Maturity: Mass Tort Case Management in the Manual for Complex Litigation’, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, vol. 148, p. 2225, viewed 11 July 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Willging, Thomas E. “Symposium Mass Torts: Beyond Maturity: Mass Tort Case Management in the Manual for Complex Litigation.” University of Pennsylvania Law Review, vol. 148, June 2000, p. 2225. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edslex&AN=edslexD861450E&custid=s8280428.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Willging, Thomas E. “Symposium Mass Torts: Beyond Maturity: Mass Tort Case Management in the Manual for Complex Litigation.” University of Pennsylvania Law Review 148 (June 1, 2000): 2225. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edslex&AN=edslexD861450E&custid=s8280428.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Willging TE. Symposium Mass Torts: Beyond Maturity: Mass Tort Case Management in the Manual for Complex Litigation. University of Pennsylvania Law Review [Internet]. 2000 Jun 1 [cited 2020 Jul 11];148:2225. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edslex&AN=edslexD861450E&custid=s8280428