The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has ordered all federally filed lawsuits against MI Windows and Doors, Inc. be consolidated in multidistrict litigation and transferred to the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina under the Honorable Chief Judge David C. Norton.
MI Windows and Doors had opposed the centralization of the lawsuits arguing that it would not appropriate, however the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP moved to have the lawsuits transferred to South Carolina on behalf of their client Craig Hildebrand. Jordan Chaikan, Partner at Parker Waichman LLP said, “We are pleased with the JPML’s decision to consolidate and transfer the case to the District of South Carolina before the Honorable Chief Judge David C. Norton. The skill and experience Judge David C. Norton brings to this case will steer this litigation on a prudent course.”
There are currently five lawsuits pending against MI Windows and Doors alleging that windows made by the company have at least one defect that allows water to enter through the window and leak into the structure. The JPML found that the lawsuits involve common questions of fact, and decided that the MDL “will serve the convenience of the parties and witnesses and promote the just and efficient conduct of the litigation.” The Panel said that “one of the earliest filed and most advanced actions is pending in that district, and Judge David C. Norton, an experienced transferee judge, is familiar with the litigation.”