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Complex Litigation

This course will examine the variety of procedures used to develop and manage complex litigation in the U.S., including class actions, multidistrict litigation, and high-stakes one-on-one litigation. Topics include judicial case management, electronic discovery, use of expert evidence, consolidation, class certification, quasi-class actions, trying complex cases, the substitution of arbitration for litigation, and how complex cases are funded. The course will consider these topics as they have played out in current cases, including social impact litigation, mass product defect claims, financial litigation including securities class actions, patent and copyright disputes, gender, race, and other discrimination claims, assisted by guest lectures by judges and lawyers. Early in the quarter each student will choose a recent or ongoing complex litigation to investigate. (A list of candidate litigations will be provided, but students are free to choose any complex litigation that interests them.) During the quarter, students will conduct research on the litigation including, where possible, contacting key participants for information and perspective. This research will serve as the basis for in-class discussion, focusing on different aspects of the litigation as the quarter progresses. Students will hand in 2 brief papers on the litigation they are researching during the course of the quarter, for review and comment, but not for grading, and a final paper including the two previous drafts plus additional analysis by the official Fall quarter paper deadline. Regular reading assignments will be tailored to allow time for this on-going student research. Elements used for grading: Final paper and class participation.

2015-2016 Autumn
09/21/2015 - 11/20/2015 Mon ,Wed 2:15 PM - 3:45 PM
Instructors: Deborah R. Hensler
Notes: Research Requirement for Law Degree.

Instructors for this course (Past and Present)

Deborah R. Hensler