. . . and hopefully new and improved. imPaneled has spent much of its hiatus mastering the search algorithms and other data manipulation necessary to compile and process the huge amounts of information that will hopefully make imPaneled your regular destination for Panel and lead counsel news. The idea is that posts will be coming every day (or something close to that) going forward. We’ll see.
Anyway, last week’s filings predictably brought little in the way of substance, as complex litigators joined the real world in vacating their offices. The Panel was flooded with notices identifying who is most likely to join us in NYC on September 20, where the main attractions will be the Mortgage Lender Force-Placed Insurance Litigation (MDL 2388), the Facebook IPO Securities Litigation (MDL 2389), the Uponor Plumbing Fittings Products Liability Litigation (MDL 2393), and the Real Estate Transfer Tax Litigation (MDL 2394).
Plaintiffs in the Nexium Products Liability Litigation (MDL 2404) moved to be included in the fun in NYC–purely in the interests of justice, of course–despite having filed the initial motion in that proceeding just last week. The Panel took all of one business day to deny that request earlier today.
Most of the lead counsel activity in the district courts last week was uncontested (i.e., boring). The sole apparent exception is the General Maritime securities litigation in the S.D.N.Y., where Rigrodsky & Long is apparently duking it out with Wolf Haldenstein for all the spoils. There were also submissions in the massive Peregrine proceeding in the N.D. Ill. But imPaneled will need a few days and perhaps another laptop to make sense of that one.
imPaneled has promised some of its biggest fans there will be another post tomorrow. Tune in to see if imPaneled is a blog of its word.