The creation of this resource began with a resolution the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ) adopted in January 2011. Because “multi-jurisdiction litigation, such as mass torts, can challenge the resources and ingenuity of both federal and state judiciaries” the CCJ called for “steps to promote communication between state and federal courts for the purpose of establishing best practices for the management of like-kind litigation that spans multiple state jurisdictions and federal districts.”

This resource is based on the insights of a working group of ten judges—five state and five federal—with extensive experience in multijurisdiction litigation. A series of teleconferences and written exchanges culminated in a day-long conference in May 2012 addressing the challenges and opportunities involved in coordination. The project was a joint undertaking of the National Center for State Courts, the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, and the Federal Judicial Center.

State-Federal Multijurisdiction Litigation Working Group:

  • Judge Charles R. Breyer (N.D. Cal.)
  • Justice Tracy Christopher (Tex. Ct. App.)
  • Judge Michael James Davis (D. Minn.)
  • Judge Carol E. Higbee (N.J. Super. Ct.)
  • Judge Sandra Mazer Moss (Pa. C.P. Ct.)
  • Judge J. Frederick Motz (D. Md.)
  • Judge Barbara J. Rothstein (W.D. Wash.)
  • Judge Cynthia M. Rufe (E.D. Pa.)
  • Judge Joseph L. Slights III (Del. Super. Ct.)
  • Judge Carl J. West (retired) (Cal. Super. Ct.) 

The working group was supported by:

  • Judge Jeremy D. Fogel (Director, Federal Judicial Center)
  • Judge W. Royal Furgeson, Jr. (retired) (Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation)
  • Judge Gregory E. Mize (National Center for State Courts)
  • Judge Richard W. Story (Committee on Federal-State Jurisdiction, Judicial Conference of the United States)

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