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7584. Complex Litigation

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.