What is a plaintiff’s steering committee (PSC) and what is its role in aviation accident litigation?

The plaintiff's steering committee is a group of attorneys that handle the multiple claims after a commercial airline crashes and multiple deaths and injuries occur. A plaintiff’s steering committee works through a procedural mechanism known as “multi-district litigation”, where common issues can be consolidated in one court.

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UPDATED: Jul 16, 2021

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When a commercial airline crashes, and multiple injuries and/or fatalities occur, there are many different people with similar claims against similar defendants.

Through a procedural mechanism known as “multi-district litigation”, common issues of those many claims can be consolidated in one court.

The individual plaintiff’s attorneys, or some of them, direct the multi-district litigation through a committee of lawyers known as a plaintiff’s steering committee.

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