Those scheming trial lawyers!

The plaintiffs in MDL 2290, In re: JPMorgan Chase Mortgage Modification Litigation, led by Keller Rohrback, Levin Fishbein and Holland Groves, are united in their support of the Central District of California, with the District of Massachusetts as an alternative.  The Chase defendants claim that the plaintiffs are forum-shopping by virtue of filing their Panel motion after the 12(b)(6) stage, and seek consolidation in the District of Massachusetts or the Northern District of California.  As MoFo puts its, “[t]ransfer to the Central District of California would have the perverse effect of encouraging counsel to file copy-cat actions all over the country, wait a year, and then ask the Panel to solve their self-created multi-district ‘problem’ by transferring the actions to the court they view as most favorable.”  (Note that I am not endorsing that view by quoting it.  I’m just a reporter.)

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