The Scale of Mesh MDL Litigation – Over 92,000 Possible Depositions

The scale of mass tort litigation is sometimes missed. The scale of “mesh MDL litigation” is nicely captured in a February 5, 2018 post by Jim Beck at the Drug & Device blog, aptly titled “The Lawyer Full Employment Action of 2018.”

The post provides a good overview of the timeline for the MDL case, and some calculations on depositions. For example, under one set of assumptions outline by Jim, there could be over 92,000 depositions. That will never happen, but the calculations and implications deserve consideration when seeking to understand the economics and demands of the litigation industry.

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Since becoming a lawyer in 1983, Kirk’s over 30 years of practice have focused on advising a wide range of corporations, associations, and individuals (as both plaintiffs and defendants) on both tort and commercial law issues centered around “mass torts.”


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