INTRODUCTION TO CLASS ACTIONS
(LAWJ-4091) - 2 UNITS
Class Action litigation is complex and controversial. This elective covers all aspects of class action litigation. The topics we will consider include ethical considerations, history and philosophy, federal subject matter jurisdiction, due process considerations, requirements for bringing a class action, notice, settlement, administration of judicial relief, appealability, binding effect of the judgment, and attorneys' fees. This course will cover current major class action litigation, including how some of the nation's largest cases are prosecuted, defended, and ultimately settled. It will consider how class actions are generated and formed; litigation, legislative and media strategy; and how class actions can potentially benefit both consumers and companies. This course will enhance student's understanding of civil procedure, and is designed to appeal to students who intend to practice complex litigation such as products liability, civil rights, securities and the like.