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John G. Heyburn II Initiative, UK Rosenberg College of Law to host US Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 21, 2023) — The John G. Heyburn II Initiative for Excellence in the Federal Judiciary and the University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law are proud to host the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation Thursday, Sept. 28, 2023. The public is invited to attend the hearing session from 9:30-11 a.m. in the G. Chad Perry III Grand Courtroom of the law building located at 620 S. Limestone.

Registration is required here. For more information, including details about parking, click here.

The John G. Heyburn II Initiative for Excellence in the Federal Judiciary is a national, non-partisan program devoted to improving the federal judiciary system, with a particular focus on Kentuckians’ contributions to American legal discourse.

The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, known informally as the MDL Panel, was created by an Act of Congress in 1968. The job of the panel is to determine whether civil actions pending in different federal districts involve one or more common questions of fact such that the actions should be transferred to one federal district for coordinated or consolidated pretrial proceedings. The panel also selects the judge or judges and court assigned to conduct such proceedings. The purposes of this transfer or “centralization” process are to avoid duplication of discovery, to prevent inconsistent pretrial rulings and to conserve the resources of the parties, their counsel and the judiciary.

The panel will convene a hearing session to consider matters on the schedule under 28 U.S.C. § 1407.

Matters designated for oral argument include:

  • In Re: Moveit Customer Data Security Breach Litigation
  • In Re: Uber Technologies, Inc., Passenger Sexual Assault Litigation

See more details on matters here.

Attorneys may possess electronic devices in the courtroom provided the devices operate in silent mode, do not interfere with equipment used in the courtroom and are not used to record the proceedings, courtroom or participants. Absent from the panel, electronic devices may not be used to send texts, emails or voice communications from the courtroom during any judicial proceedings.

Members of the public, including non-attorney parties, may not possess electronic devices in the courtroom, except as permitted by the panel. For additional information on the procedures for courtroom entry and other courtroom protocol, please visit the MDL Panel’s website, where the information will be posted in advance of the hearing.

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