A “bellwether” is someone or something that leads others or shows what will happen in the future or is an indicator of trends. In the legal world a bellwether case is very important because it leads the way in how a large number of lawsuits may be litigated or settled.
Too Many Cases, Not Enough Resources
If there are many plaintiffs suing the same defendant for the same reason with similar facts there are different ways all these cases could be handled. They could,