About Texas Courts
Rule 13 of the Texas Rules of Judicial Administration is effective in all cases filed on or after September 1, 2003. Composed of five Judges, the Multi-District Litigation Panel (MDL Panel) is the judicial panel on multi-district litigation, designated pursuant to section 74.161 of the Texas Government Code, including any temporary members designated by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas in his or her discretion when regular members are unable to sit for any reason. The Clerk of the Supreme Court of Texas serves as the Multi-District Litigation Panel Clerk.
Available Multi-District Litigation Cases
A list of Available Cases filed is available in the menu on the left.
General Filing Requirements
All documents must be electronically filed with the MDL Panel Clerk (Clerk of the Supreme Court of Texas) using the eFileTexas.gov electronic filing system. To use the electronic filing system, you must first choose an electronic filing service provider from eFileTexas, and register. Please choose an electronic filing service provider and register today! Through the eFileTexas.gov system, you can electronically file documents, pay your fees, and serve opposing counsel. The Electronic Filing Rules for the Supreme Court of Texas apply to documents filed with the MDL Panel Clerk.
Once the document has been accepted, the administrative staff of the MDL Panel will send the stamped eFiled document to the MDL Panel. Do not email the documents to the MDL Panel members. Please note hard copies are no longer required.
Please feel free to contact the Chief Deputy Clerk, Claudia Jenks at email@example.com, if you have any questions regarding MDL filings.
Sending Documents to the MDL Panel Clerk
Please note the MDL Panel Clerk no longer requires hard copies.
The documents should be addressed to the Honorable Blake A. Hawthorne, Clerk, Multi-District Litigation Panel.
P.O. Box 12248
Austin, TX 78711
Sending Documents to the MDL Panel Members
All accepted documents eFiled with the MDL Panel Clerk will be sent to the MDL Panel by the MDL administrative staff. Do not email the documents to the MDL Panel members. The documents should be addressed to each of the MDL Panel Members below.
Presiding Judge, Eighth Administrative Judicial Region
Tom Vandergriff Civil Courts Building
100 N. Calhoun St., 2nd Floor
Fort Worth, TX 76196-1148
Hon. Sid Harle
Presiding Judge, Fourth Administrative Judicial Region
Bexar County Courthouse
100 Dolorosa, Rm. 4.08
San Antonio, TX 78205
Multi-District Litigation Filing Fees
Pursuant to Section 51.005(c), Government Code and Rule 13.3(g), Rule of Judicial Administration, the Court adopted and approved and the Clerk shall collect the following reasonable filing fees. See Misc. Docket No. 15-9158. Fees will be collected through the eFiling service provider.
(including responses, replies, motions, or any letters filed)
*Unpaid fees will be reported to the MDL Panel for action, as appropriate.
Notice to Trial Court
Pursuant to Rule 13.3(i), Rules of Judicial Administration, a party must file in the trial court that a motion for transfer has been filed. The MDL Panel Clerk must cause such notice to be filed when a request for transfer by a judge has been filed. See Sample Notice to Trial Court of MDL Filing.