MDLs in West Virginia South Push Civil Filings Higher
(21 Jan 2015) There were 23,356 new civil court suits filed in federal district courts during the month of December 2014, up 17.4 percent from November. The Southern District of West Virginia (Charleston) led the nation with the largest number of new filings, both overall and relative to its population. This is largely due to filings in two separate multidistrict litigation (MDL) cases in that district. In one instance, there were 1,815 new product liability - personal injury lawsuits, most involving pelvic repair products manufactured by Johnson and Johnson's Ethicon unit. In the other, there were 507 other personal injury lawsuits, a majority of which were filed against DuPont over air and water contamination by C8, a chemical used in the manufacture of Teflon.

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