A Plaintiff Fact Sheet (PFS) is the medium through which plaintiffs participate in MDL.
Each plaintiff has to fill out the background information (education, employment, family), product usage, product identification, plaintiff medical history, injuries sustained, and treatment details.
Information obtained using fact sheets are used to identify cases for targeted discovery, facilitate bellwether case-pool selection, and settlement negotiations.
PFS is time-critical and has to be filed within a deadline to avoid court-dismissal of the case. Plaintiff law firms often find it challenging to produce a large number of completed fact sheets in a short period because of reasons such as: