Top Ten Practice Points for Effectively Managing Multi-Jurisdictional Litigation
In-house counsel like nothing less than to see a barrage of complaints being filed against their companies. With the ever-increasing influence of social media, though, when one complaint is picked up on by the media or other internet purveyors, many more cases may follow, particularly in environmental, toxic tort, and products arenas. While certain types of claims may be relatively localized to a geographic region, others will be anything but. Cases may be initiated by individuals, groups of individuals or as proposed class actions, and may be filed in a series of state and federal courts. Corporate counsel’s initiative, coordination, and active oversight role will be crucial to the effective and efficient defense of such proliferated litigation. Depending on the nature of your industry, and especially if litigation is anticipated, it makes sense to have a standardized (yet customizable) plan of action at the ready. The following contains pointers to help this process along.