LAW7584 - Complex Litigation

LAW7584 - Complex Litigation

Course Number: 

7584

Type: 

Lecture

Credits: 

2

Prerequisite(s):

none

This class is about the big case: large-scale, expensive and high-value litigation. We will examine the legal issues, practical difficulties, and political controversies arising in class action and other multiple-plaintiff federal litigation, including: "adequacy" of representation by plaintiff and plaintiff's counsel; conflicts of interest among plaintiffs and between plaintiffs and class counsel; manageability of large scale class actions and aggregate litigation; private ordering and court sanctioned administrative regimes for damages distribution; problems in settlements; ethical considerations of class counsel and defendants' counsel; and the federalization of state class actions. Students will be required to complete practical, litigation related exercises.