This multidistrict litigation consists of 12 cases pending before
this Court. In these actions, the plaintiffs have alleged that Apple
and AT&T have engaged in deceptive marketing with respect to the
availability of multimedia message service functionality on the
iPhone 3G and 3GS.
The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation assigned this
multidistrict proceeding to Judge Carl J. Barbier of the United
States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana to
coordinate discovery and other pretrial matters in the pending
cases. Subsequent Apple iPhone cases filed in federal court will
ordinarily be transferred to this district court to become part of
MDL No. 2116 as "Tag Along" cases. Upon the conclusion of
discovery and other pretrial matters, cases that constitute MDL
No. 2116 will be transferred back to the federal district courts
from which they originated for the trial and further proceedings.