The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation heard arguments today at the Homer Thornberry Judicial Center in Austin, Texas. The Panel assigned 20 minutes each to more than a dozen motions to centralize before one federal judge cases pending in multiple federal district courts. Most of the arguments consisted of short bursts, often as terse as a minute.
Blawgletter attended mainly to make a pitch for centralizing the 70-plus cases constituting In re Chocolate Confectionary Antitrust Litigation, MDL-1935, before U.S. District Judge Michael Schneider in the Eastern District of Texas. We also enjoy watching the spectacle and visiting with colleagues from around the country.
Our prediction for Chocolate? If Judge Schneider doesn’t get it, we’d put our money on Philadelphia. The city has excellent transportation, the judges move complex cases quickly, and the courthouse forms a bulls-eye for the 100-mile range of trial subpoenas, reaching the U.S. headquarters of three out of the four principal defendants.