New Order Revises Mass Tort Litigation in Philadelphia

February 21, 2012
The Honorable John W. Herron, Administrative Judge of the Trial Division of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, recently issued an order that will revise and streamline the conduct of mass tort litigation in Philadelphia. Judge Herron’s order ends reverse bifurcation in all mass tort cases, significantly limits the consolidation of cases and requires the deferral of all punitive damage claims, among other changes. This update reviews the impact of this order and identifies important issues to watch in the future.