The opinion of the court was delivered by: Wm. R. Wilson, Jr. United States District Judge
MDL Docket No. 4:03CV1507-WRW
Plaintiffs' Motion to Sever (Doc. Nos. 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71) are GRANTED. Ms. Jean Kelly will remain in the original lawsuit, but must amend her complaint in accordance with this Order.
Under Rule 21 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, every plaintiff, other than Ms. Kelly, is DROPPED from this civil action as follows:
(1) dropped plaintiffs have 30 days from the date of this Order to file new, individual*fn1 complaints in a proper venue. The complaints should be served in accordance with the Rules of Civil Procedure;
(2) it seems to me that it would be meet and proper if counsel for the respective parties would meet and confer*fn2 regarding the court in which these cases might be refiled. This observation is, of course, hortatory vice mandatory.
(3) without further order of the Court, claims of dropped plaintiffs who do not file new civil actions within the 30 day period will be considered dismissed without prejudice;
(4) dropped plaintiffs are deemed to have ongoing MDL No. 1507 actions in this Court for all purposes during the time period between the date of this Order and the filing of their new complaint in the appropriate venue, or after the passage of the 30 day period -- whichever is first;
(5) for the application of statutes of limitations, laches, or other time bar laws, the filing date of a newly filed action pursuant to this Order will be deemed to relate back to the date that the dropped plaintiff originally filed her complaint -- insofar as the new complaint alleges only the claims alleged in the original complaint and joins only the defendants named (or fewer) in the original complaint or the successors of such original defendants;
(6) within 40 days of the date of this Order, the remaining plaintiff must cure her complaint;
(7) counsel is reminded of their obligations under MDL Panel Rule 7.5(e) and directed to promptly notify the MDL Panel of the new case number designated to the case in the receiving district.
The Clerk of the Court is directed to send a contemporaneous copy of this order to the MDL panel to allow, to the extent possible, fast-tracking of § 1407 transfers of these cases back to MDL-1507 for coordinated and consolidated pretrial proceedings.
IT IS SO ORDERED this 8th day of ...