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 18, 2023Fact Checked

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.

Case Studies: Understanding the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee in Aviation Accident Litigation

Case Study 1: Consolidating Claims for an Airline Crash

After a tragic commercial airline crash that resulted in multiple injuries and fatalities, numerous individuals and their families seek compensation for their losses. Due to the complexity and volume of these claims, the court initiates multi-district litigation to consolidate common issues in one court.

A plaintiff’s steering committee, composed of experienced attorneys, is appointed to lead the litigation on behalf of the plaintiffs. The committee works collaboratively to manage the legal proceedings, coordinate evidence and testimonies, and pursue justice for the victims and their families.

Case Study 2: Coordinating Legal Strategies for Compensation

In the aftermath of an aviation accident involving a major airline, several individuals file lawsuits seeking compensation for their injuries and damages. The court determines that consolidating the cases through multi-district litigation is the most efficient approach. A plaintiff’s steering committee is formed, consisting of skilled attorneys with expertise in aviation accident litigation.

The committee takes on the responsibility of coordinating legal strategies, conducting investigations, and representing the collective interests of the plaintiffs. Their role is crucial in navigating the complexities of the case, negotiating settlements, and ensuring fair compensation for the victims.

Case Study 3: Advocating for Accountability and Safety Improvements

Following a catastrophic aviation accident, the plaintiff’s steering committee takes on a broader role beyond individual compensation claims. They recognize the significance of the case in terms of aviation safety and the need for accountability.

The committee collaborates with experts, conducts thorough investigations, and presents compelling evidence to highlight any negligence or flaws in the aircraft’s design, maintenance, or operational procedures. By advocating for systemic changes and improved safety measures, the committee aims to prevent future accidents and protect the rights of passengers.

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Jeffrey Johnson is a legal writer with a focus on personal injury. He has worked on personal injury and sovereign immunity litigation in addition to experience in family, estate, and criminal law. He earned a J.D. from the University of Baltimore and has worked in legal offices and non-profits in Maryland, Texas, and North Carolina. He has also earned an MFA in screenwriting from Chapman Univer...

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Mary Martin has been a legal writer and editor for over 20 years, responsible for ensuring that content is straightforward, correct, and helpful for the consumer. In addition, she worked on writing monthly newsletter columns for media, lawyers, and consumers. Ms. Martin also has experience with internal staff and HR operations. Mary was employed for almost 30 years by the nationwide legal publi...

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