Welcome to the latest installment of And Now a Word from the Panel, a column that "rides the circuit" with the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation as it meets on a bimonthly basis.
After a hiatus of more than two years in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the panel is scheduled to hold its second consecutive in-person oral argument. The May 26 hearing session is being held in the Steel City — Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
With the baseball season now in full swing, it seems that panel practice is hitting its stride as well. In a noticeable uptick of new MDL petitions, the panel is scheduled to hear oral arguments as to eight new MDL petitions.