Cases like this involving many thousands of claimants often take several years to resolve. Due to the widespread use of these hearing protection devices, we expect to see potentially over 100,000 claims join the litigation at some point. In such large “mass tort” cases, claimants are often left on standby for much of this time as the Court and lawyers deal with the “big picture” issues in the case before there is an analysis of individual claims and claims resolution. We anticipate review of many thousands of documents between the parties and the government, taking of many depositions, hiring various experts in the fields involved here, etc. Some good news is that this Court just resolved the first MDL proceeding she had been assigned in a much better than average time table so hopefully this one will proceed at a similar pace. That said, there may be little activity on your individual case for many months now that all claims have been consolidated. Please understand that none of the law firms have control over that pace, but we will do whatever we can to keep moving forward as fast as the court will entertain it.
We also like to keep clients in these types of cases rather informed about what is going on by establishing a website that we can post relevant information on the case to. For the time being, it will be through a link from our main website, www.bcoonlaw.com. Many times underlying discovery in the case is obtained “under seal”, so we may not be able to comment in detail about some activities, but our goal is to keep everyone posted as best we can about how things are proceeding. The other good news about these large MDL proceedings is that the costs of developing complex cases like this is prohibitive, and are usually absorbed by the claimants at the end of the day. By having many thousands of cases together, the transactional costs are spread out much better, greatly reducing individual case costs.
This is just our opening communique and we will pass along other memos and updates of relevant developments as they occur. To expedite this process, we would also prefer to communicate with you via email so our office will be asking for that type of additional background information moving forward. Likewise, we are still accepting further claims of this nature so if you know someone else who is similarly situated please feel free to have them contact us.
Again, thank you for entrusting this serious legal matter to our firm. We have full team of lawyers and staff assigned to the task and we will aggressively pursue resolution in your behalf.