What is a JCCP?
A JCCP (Judicial Council Coordination Proceeding) is a civil case coordination where multiple claims filed in more than one county involving a common issue of fact or law are brought together in a single court under certain procedures and with the agreement of the parties.
The purposes of a JCCP:
- Allows pre-trial discovery, motions, and the first “bellwether” trial to be heard in front of one single judge.
- Promotes judicial efficiency, as coordination provides unified management of the pre-trial and trial phases.
In California “complex” actions, such as the those against Monsanto regarding Roundup, a petition to coordinate the actions is submitted to the Chair of the Judicial Council (the Chief Justice), who assigns a motion judge to decide the merits of the petition. If the motion judge grants coordination, the Chief Justice assigns a trial judge.
Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman has filed 90 cases in the Roundup JCCP; 40 in Alameda County and 50 in San Francisco County. The firm has also filed 49 cases on behalf of other law firms, nearly all of which are from other states.
The first case management conference for the California Roundup JCCP occurred on May 1, 2018 in Oakland before Judge Ioana Petrou.
What is the Difference Between the CA Roundup JCCP and the Roundup MDL?
The main difference is the lawsuits in the Roundup JCCP are coordinated in California state court, and the lawsuits in the Roundup multidistrict litigation (MDL) are consolidated in federal court. The allegations against Monsanto are similar in both proceedings.
JCCP’s and MDL’s share the same purpose – to make case management more efficient and economical. In the Roundup litigation, the JCCP and MDL are heavily coordinated with identical discovery and some joint hearings (Judge Petrou attended the Daubert hearing for the federal MDL).
Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman Instrumental in Release of Monsanto Papers
Brent Wisner and the law firm of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman were instrumental in the public release of documents known as The Monsanto Papers. The documents contain internal Monsanto communications, studies, presentations and other memoranda.